Coastal Cutthroat Trout

Oncorhynchus clarkii clarkii

(Up to 20lbs)

coastal cutthroatCoastal Cutthroat are a sea-run anadromous trout - adults spend the summers in ocean waters near their natal stream, and return to freshwater in late fall or early winter to overwinter and spawn each spring.  Normally they are piscivorous, but during salmon spawning season they mainly feed on eggs. Their ocean lifestyle means they can grow to ten times the size of their riverine cousins.

Method: Stripping Minnow patterns and leeches. Swinging the fly through tailouts. Nymphing egg patterns under indicator

Gear: Floating lines. 5-7wt rods.


  • Varous Egg Patterns (pink/peach/white)


  • Silly Creek Saviour
  • Black & Copper

Wet /Streamers:

  • Muddlers
  • Skagitt Cutthroat
  • Spider Spruce
  • Green Butt Cutthroat
  • Grizzly King Cutthroat
  • Kelsey's Hope
  • Mickey Finn


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