How and Where to Fish For Sea-Run Cutthroat Trout

How and Where to Fish For Sea-Run Cutthroat Trout

Sea-Run Cutthroat Season

Different than our resident cutthroat trout, our sea-run cutthroat run to the sea and feed on crustaceans and small fish allowing them to grow up to one inch a month. By the time they return to fresh water to spawn, these fish can be up to 18-inches long and are bright silver, much like a small steelhead.

With our temperatures lowering during the day and evening, water temps will begin lowering, which will signal the return of this beautiful and strong trout.
Rivers to explore include:

Coastal cutthroat fishing gear, including the sea-run variation, can be simplistic and uncomplicated. Optimal fly rods are 5/6-weight fly rods like:

paired with a perfectly balanced reel like a Hatch 5+ or Ross Animas.

To target sea-run use small streamer patterns or reverse spiders that effectively mimic baitfish. To enhance your prospects, aim to cast your flies in close proximity to submerged trees and brush-lined shores. Anticipate an assertive strike immediately.

The optimal periods for capturing coastal cutthroat are during the morning and evening hours, particularly on overcast days when lighting conditions are subdued. Fishing in areas influenced by tides introduces an added layer of complexity to the endeavor, where high tide commonly stands out as the most opportune fishing time. For the best outcomes, coordinate your tidewater fishing expeditions with the morning high tide, thereby significantly boosting your chances of achieving success.

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