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Hit an area 13 beach this morning on the incoming. Started out with top water but kept missing fish so switched to a clouser. My go to subsurface pattern has been a pink/ chart over white clouser tied on a tube. Action was pretty good for a bit with several 16" fish landed. Hooked this one and thought I had a coho for a minute. Easy 20" with a lot of girth. By far the largest cutthroat I have landed. Not the best photo, I didn't have my camera so I yelled for my buddy and he ran down the beach and snapped a couple pics. Put up a hell of a fight! Really interesting colors, very rosy cheeks, and as I'm typing this it really looks different than any other SRC I've caught.
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Thanks! Are there cuttbows in the sound? I wish I would have got a close up of it's head. I didn't want to stress the fish anymore than I had to.
@fishues We see a few hybrid cutthroat x steelhead (rainbows) every year in the saltwater.
 

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Hit an area 13 beach this morning on the incoming. Started out with top water but kept missing fish so switched to a clouser. My go to subsurface pattern has been a pink/ chart over white clouser tied on a tube. Action was pretty good for a bit with several 16" fish landed. Hooked this one and thought I had a coho for a minute. Easy 20" with a lot of girth. By far the largest cutthroat I have landed. Not the best photo, I didn't have my camera so I yelled for my buddy and he ran down the beach and snapped a couple pics. Put up a hell of a fight! Really interesting colors, very rosy cheeks, and as I'm typing this it really looks different than any other SRC I've caught. View attachment 127375
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Gorgeous fish. Love that golden/pinkish coloration. I've seen similar hues on some steelhead. That fish needs to be posted in the the trout gallery!
 

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@fishues We see a few hybrid cutthroat x steelhead (rainbows) every year in the saltwater.
Who know's, I am definitely not at expert on ID'ing trout. I've got 1 bull trout in the salt and a steelhead last year. I wasn't really thinking about questioning that is was an SRC until I got home and looked at the pictures and zoomed in on the fins and the head. Thinking back to when I was fighting it, the rosy cheeks just didn't look "normal"It looked different than any other cutt i've caught, no yellow at all in the fins no slashes on the throat. I know there are many subtleties
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and variations on the markings/coloration of our cutthroat population and that's one of the beautiful things about fishing the sound. Nonetheless, wow it was one I will always remember:) I cropped just the head, what a great smile it has!
 

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Hit an area 13 beach this morning on the incoming. Started out with top water but kept missing fish so switched to a clouser. My go to subsurface pattern has been a pink/ chart over white clouser tied on a tube. Action was pretty good for a bit with several 16" fish landed. Hooked this one and thought I had a coho for a minute. Easy 20" with a lot of girth. By far the largest cutthroat I have landed. Not the best photo, I didn't have my camera so I yelled for my buddy and he ran down the beach and snapped a couple pics. Put up a hell of a fight! Really interesting colors, very rosy cheeks, and as I'm typing this it really looks different than any other SRC I've caught. View attachment 127375
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Agree with the cuttbow statement...

Chester Allen's book mention something about the larger SRCs (20+ fish) in the Sound being of the crossbreds.

[I'm no expert, just a reader]

ps: some guy named Bob Triggs is mentioned in it, like a gazillion times....in the first 50 pages.
 

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I've always heard the run of steelhead on the Rogue are only that size. They call them half-pounders. Is there such a thing as a steelhead jack? It's interesting that there were no red stripes under the jaw.
 

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Who know's, I am definitely not at expert on ID'ing trout. I've got 1 bull trout in the salt and a steelhead last year. I wasn't really thinking about questioning that is was an SRC until I got home and looked at the pictures and zoomed in on the fins and the head. Thinking back to when I was fighting it, the rosy cheeks just didn't look "normal"It looked different than any other cutt i've caught, no yellow at all in the fins no slashes on the throat. I know there are many subtleties View attachment 127381 and variations on the markings/coloration of our cutthroat population and that's one of the beautiful things about fishing the sound. Nonetheless, wow it was one I will always remember:) I cropped just the head, what a great smile it has!
Looking at this picture the distal end of the lower jaw, maxilla, is not extending beyond the eye. So it's looking like a cutthroat X rainbow hybrid to me. In other previous discussions on these forums you will find mention of this feature being a reliable indicator of rainbow genetics being present or dominant. In cutthroat the mouth will be extending rearward, past the eye.
 
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