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    Question looking for cutthroats

    I"ve never caught a cut so I'm looking for somewhere to try them out. Also looking to fish for steelheads in fall Thinking about about ketchikan. I live in Alaska in Eagle river anywhere on a road would be great something close to eagle river (200 miles) I dont really want to fly out anywhere. If you're shy pm me about your spot. Also what are some good flies you use? Thanks ahead of time

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    There are no cutthroat trout within 200 road-miles of Eagle River.

    Closest: Prince William Sound.

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    the closest cutts on the road system reside in Haines
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Default What are they?

    I have caught a number rainbows over on the Deshka and Willow Creek that have red like cutthroats do. I don't know what they are. Fishery guys say we don't cuts but don't know what these are. I have a large photo of one. These fought much harder than resident bows.

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    post a picture

    I've caught a number of cutthroats that don't have red...

    Rainbows in the su drainage exhibit extreme color variation
    heres two caught within minutes of each other in the same pool


    here's a cutt


    here's another cutt caught 3 casts later
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Default Cutthroat characteristics

    In my experience, true cutthroats have fewer black spots on their backs and sides, more subdued overall coloration, and the unmistakable red slash under their chins. Cuttbows can be missing the slash, but the spot pattern and muted coloration still matches a cutthroat more than a rainbow. (I have only caught a couple of these though, so I don't claim to be an expert.) I've never heard of cuttbows being caught in AK either, but anything's possible.

    From what I know, southeast is about it for cutthroats. I have heard you can take a boat out of Whittier and get to some cutthroat streams within a few hour run, but I have yet to try it. I keep hoping to do a combo deer hunt and cutthroat fishing trip one of these years.

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    Default Steelhead

    For steelhead, just drive to the NInilchik, Deep Creek, or the Anchor River in the fall. They're there in good numbers and lots of fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak_powder_monkey View Post



    here's a cutt


    Nice picture powder monkey.

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    Default More Steelheads

    Scotts on the money with the Kenai Pennisula rivers for Steelies. Yakutat isn't too expensive to fly to via Alaska Airlines. The Situk River is easily accessible (rental car)and has the largest run of Steelhead in AK (Spring run is bigger than the fall run). If you google "Steelhead Flies", you'll find a bunch. ESL, egg patterns, etc...
    Good luck, Mad Dog.

    Pic of over winter Steelhead on the Situk.
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    Here is a link to some good info on fall steelhead in AK.

    http://www.alaskaflyfishinggoods.com...in-Alaska.html

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    Default Spring Steelhead? Wheres the chrome?



    Gross...what a dark old boot..... Looks like you got there late?
    http://www.myfishingpictures.com/watermark.php?file=133776
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    Notice that in the thread I said it was a "winter over" fish. Unfortunately, that was the fish I had when my brother was near enough to take a picture. I'll get some better chrome pics this year.
    oh yeah, I was too early, the main run didn't come in for another couple weeks.

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