What fish you will find
With such diversity of cutthroat trout subspecies, there are a wide range of spotting patterns and other observable characteristics that can make it difficult to differentiate between subspecies. That said, there are some generally observable traits that define a cutthroat. First, in cutthroat trout, the “cutthroat” mark on the lower edge of the jaw is typically bright red or orange, giving the appearance of a bleeding throat. Additionally, when compared with rainbow trout, cutthroat typically have larger black spots on their bodies that get denser (and more irregularly shaped) as you move towards the tail. Further, inland subspecies of cutthroat trout do not have significant spotting on the top of their heads, which rainbow trout and rainbow trout / cutthroat trout hybrids do.
The body of a brown trout is generally brownish-yellow but can be highly variable across a broad spectrum. Spots on a brown trout are both black and red and are often concentrated on the upper half of the fish (i.e. above the lateral line). The tail fin is squarish (as opposed to forked) and typically lacks distinct spotting, a characteristic which differentiates it from some other trout (i.e. rainbow and cutthroat).
Rainbow trout are frequently easily distinguished by the faint pink rose-colored stripe that runs along their lateral line. The back is typically a blue-green color and covered with small black spots, including on the dorsal and tail fins. The belly of the rainbow trout can often be more silver-colored than the back, but not always. Juvenile rainbow trout often have vertically-oriented fainted blotches (called “parr” marks) within the pink along the lateral line, but don’t let that confuse you.
Brook trout are actually not a true trout, but are instead are char. All char (including the brook trout) are easily distinguished from brown, cutthroat, and rainbow trout by the absence of black spots on the body. Additionally, the brook trout has a wavy, worm-like pattern on its back and dorsal fin and distinct small red spots surrounded by light blue halos on the rest of its body. Another distinct identifying characteristic of brook trout are that its lower fins have black and white borders that can easily be seen, even from the banks while fishing.
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