FLY FISHING — Jay Kirchner was fly fishing on the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River Saturday morning when he hooked a scrappy cutthroat trout.
“It hit an Elk Hair Caddis on the surface,” he said. “There was nothing odd about the strike or the fight except that when I could see it during the fight it looked odd. It wasn't until I got it in the net that I saw the fish had two mouths,” he added, swearing he wasn't fishing up in the Selkirk Mountains at Two Mouth Lakes.
“I laid it out on the shore for a quick picture, then set it loose again. The cutthroat happily swam off.
“Apparently the fish are so aggressive that some have decided to grow a second mouth to aid in their insect attacks!”
Although the photo is sharp, it's not clear whether the lower mouth is a deformity from the egg or whether it's the healed result of suffering hooking damage as a young fish. Any ideas out there?