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Thread: Searun Cutthroat trout are a interesting fish.

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    Default Searun Cutthroat trout are a interesting fish.

    Here is a response about Searun Cutts that I just received from veteran north coast fly fishing Bruce Slightom:

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    Bill southern range is the Eel, I have not heard or seen one in the Eel for a long time.

    Stone Lagoon holds the state record for Cutts and has a good population.

    The Smith has the most consistent fishery.

    We are seeing more each year in the Klamath and I get excited when encountering one. I believe that people are hooking them and do not know what they are and just think that they are half pounders. I have talked to biologist regarding them in the Klamath and it is though that some use the big river like others use the ocean and migrate out of the feeder streams into the main river and then back into the feeders.

    I have seen a few in the Trinity.

    Almost all of the small streams on the coast north of the Eel have cutts. As well as the lagoons.

    I was working with the Humboldt Fish Action Council on Freshwater Creek raising Chinook. The rearing ponds were on a feeder stream. I enjoyed feeding the cutts the fry that died. One day there were no morts so I pitched a banana slug into the pool to see what happened and it was devoured in seconds.

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    Bill, at one time every spring I would pursue them on the Smith. Head waters and tribs. I am getting to old for the commando fishing now. I still fish Stone lagoon for them now. Bruce



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    Thanks Bruce
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    Bob Borden, founder of Hareline Products, was a serious Searun Cutthroat trout chaser.

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    http://www.johnkreft.com/borden-special/
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    Here is an email response from past employee, guide, fisheries biologist and hatchery manager Chris Pasley:

    Hey Bill - it's been a while since I lived down there, but it seemed like the smaller coastal streams had them, north of the Eel River, such as Redwood Creek, Little River, and Smith River to name a few.
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    I have caught many. You would be hard pressed to find a prettier fish.

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    Small tributary restoration projects geared towards Coho salmon have also greatly benefited coastal Cutthroat trout along the North Coast. There are lots in the Klamath and Smith and they are fun to target, particularly in the estuaries.

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    NFF - but a nice little video catching Cutts on a small CA coastal stream........Nov. 2017

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEwhZnmiNgk
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    This is a real educational video on fly fishing Searun Cutthroat trout on the Washington's Stillaguamish river.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNmIwCmX_vw




    Some famous people are mentioned in this video.



    Mike Kinney is a top fly fishing guide in Washington.

    https://www.mikekinney.com/



    Cam Sigler is a veteran in the salt water fly fishing world too.

    https://www.camsigler.com/Default.aspx



    Steve Raymond wrote the book......

    https://www.amazon.com/Estuary-Flyfi.../dp/1571880607
    Bill Kiene

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    Here is a rely from past emplyee and CA DF&G biologist Nick Buckmaster:

    Bill,
    There are coastal cutts throughout the NW part of the state (Mad River, Smith, Humboldt Lagoons).

    I believe there are still anadromous runs on the Mad, Smith, and Lower Klamath Rivers, but one of the confounding issues is that you have resident, stream migratory, and anadromous populations in one river system.

    The anadromous fish usually run in August-October.
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    Here is one on the upper Rogue a few years ago. I could not say if it was anadromous or a resident. I get them in Washington sometimes and a Bull Trout every once in a while there also.


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    Perhaps my favorite fish! I mentioned in another thread that I saw some finning in the little creek that goes through fern canyon in Redwood NP- it just seemed perfect! I also had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go to SE AK a few years ago and had the experience where I was catching 'em and dollies on the beach with a big brown bear also on the beach. Same thing with catching them in Big Lagoon with the creepy big black birds hanging out in the spruces. I don't know if it is the fish or their environs but...two thumbs up!!!

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