A NICE EARLY CUTTHROAT
I don’t usually post very many fish pictures. I figure most of the folks who read this blog know what trout, steelhead and salmon look like. Plus, I am a word guy and don’t even remember to take a camera most of the time. But a friend caught this nice cutthroat today, and I thought it was a perfect example of a colored-up Olympic Peninsula early summer cutthroat. It has clearly been in the river for a while. Dick Wentworth and I were talking about fish like it yesterday. The old-timers called the cutts that returned in spring “blue backs,” because they were so bright. But they gradually loose their shine in freshwater and take on a more classic “harvest trout” appearance. A couple minutes later, my friend caught a similar-sized fish, but it was much brighter.