The westslope cutthroat trout is like chicken soup for the fly fisher’s soul. Angling for this native of the mountain streams in Idaho and Montana has been passed down through generations. It’s a go-to species for anglers whether they’re on top of their game or down on their luck. Few fish are as willing as a cutthroat to take a fly. Some people call them dumb, but that’s naïve talk. “They’re opportunistic because they’re so well adapted to cool, clean waters,” said Jim Fredericks, Idaho Fish and Game Panhandle fisheries manager. “They don’t see that much good food coming at them during the day, so they can’t be too picky. That’s what makes them so popular with people learning to fly fish, and experienced anglers, too”/Rich Landers, SR Outdoors. More here.
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