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The Hook & Hackle Company encourages support of those "Wounded Warriors" who have suffered physical and/or emotional injury as a result of their service to our great country.

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Rose River Farm, Virginia's finest private water trout fishing experience, has just gotten even better. Now in addition to over a mile of private water managed for Trophy Trout (all strictly on the fly and catch and release) they have added luxury rental cabins. As an introductory special ....

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The Hook & Hackle Company highly endorses this fine bonefish, tarpon & permit fishing destination. Our recent visit there exceeded our expectations many times over.

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Nora's colorful artwork just blow's me away! Best known for her watercolors, Nora has spent time painting on location all over the U.S.

 

I recently purchased a couple of prints from her Rich Pool Series which have become instant favorites!

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From time to time, we will feature different folks who are making a difference to fly fishing, conservation, outdoor art, helping others & so on. We welcome your suggestions for this column.


Peter C. Thompson, artist, writer, fly fisher & conservationist is our current feature.

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The USA Youth Fly Fishing Team is a carefully selected group of young anglers from across the United States

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Cutbow August 2011, Fish of the Month!

Cutbow Trout

Oncorhynchus clarki X Oncorhynchus mykiss

Local Names:

Cutbow

Average Size:

12 to 24 inches

1 to 8 pounds

Distinguishing Field Marks:

As a hybrid cross of the Cutthroat and Rainbow trout, the Cutbow shows characteristics of both lines. Individual specimens and “races” of Cutbow will have varying field marks, depending on light, water, and general habitat conditions. Consistent throughout though are the typical red or red-orange color slash on the near-bottom of the gill covers and jaws, and the usually broad pink or reddish band just below the lateral line.

North American Range:

Map to the right shows approximate range in North America.

Diet:

Typical of stream and lake-dwelling western trout species, young Cutbows feed on all life-stages of aquatic and terrestrial insects and other aquatic invertebrates as they are available. The diet of adult Cutbows is increasingly made up of forage fish.

Fly Fishing for Cutbow:

Match your fly-rod outfits to the habitats you’ll be fishing, increasing in line weight as the size of the water increases. Four and Five weight for small streams and presenting small flies, up to six or even seven weight for larger rivers, ponds, and lakes and casting larger flies such as streamers and larger nymphs and wind-resistant dries.

Small tributary streams should be fished with match-the-hatch fly patterns on light lines and leaders. Muddlers, Stonefly, Caddisfly, Mayfly nymphs, wets and dries, and forage fish imitating streamers will attract larger trout in larger rivers, ponds, and lakes.

Cutbows may well take flies presented to what the angler assumes will be mostly native Cutthroats, which statement begs a discussion of this hybrid’s place in western trout waters. Simply put, through natural inter-breeding of species, Rainbows (and hatchery bred Cutbows) introduced into what were traditionally Cutthroat-only waters, are deeply diluting the pure Cutthroat gene pool and are “taking over” in many watersheds. To give them their due, Cutbows are excellent fly-rod fish, but, so are pure Cutthroats. Again, this Cutbow take-over is evidence of the possible harm that can be done to native species and their habitats through the introduction of non-native species. And still again, we recommend your reading Anders Halverson’s excellent and very “readable” book, An Entirely Synthetic Fish, Yale University Press, 2010, which chronicles the intentional introduction of (especially) Rainbow trout over much of the world’s Northern Hemisphere.