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Is there an easy way to tell if it's a westslope cutt versus an SRC? I've caught cutts years ago in the Green and wondered if they were sea runs or westies that dropped down from above.
Westies have heavy spots toward the tail and a few thru the upper body and SRC have spotting thru out the upper and lower body.. I’m sure someone has a more “ correct “ explanation..Is there an easy way to tell if it's a westslope cutt versus an SRC? I've caught cutts years ago in the Green and wondered if they were sea runs or westies that dropped down from above.
Never seen it west of the cascades but have on the East side! Was actually really cool moment as we floated by the first nice bank slot of the day my cousin and I both cast at the same log and immediately both had a fish chasing our streamers, they ate at about the same moment and both hit the net at the same time. Was definitely surprised at the westy, was a first on that float and actually a really nice fish, the bull trout just overshadowed it a bit.How often do you see those two species in the same net! Wow!
Aware of bull trout vs dolly. In the old days, dolly was the term used. I guess old habits die hard.You mean bull trout?
Several Skagit tributary streams were stocked with “Montana Blackspots” before WW2. E.g. Jackman Creek. These populations were in water not originally accessible by steelhead and were genetically identical to their original source fish. However DFW has dumped steelhead into the headwaters of some of these streams, so there is now some cross with resident rainbows.With that said, coastal and westslope cutthroat exist in the three main northern puget sound streams (Skagit, Stilly,Sky) although most of the westlope cutthroat I have encountered have been on the Skagit, with catch timing centered around chum runs.