The name cutthroat comes from an orangish-red slash on the throat. Breeding males are especially colorful.CRCT is native to the Colorado River plateau, which is comprised of portions of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and smaller segments of New Mexico and Arizona. This native species has been largely displaced by stocked fish, such as Brook, Brown, and Rainbow trout. Stockers are bred in fisheries where crowded conditions in tanks have resulted in Whirling Disease. This is bad for the continued viability of CRCT.
Now CRCT reign supreme only at high altitude in small, cold creeks, where other less hardy non-native varieties cannot survive. CRCT is not yet on the Endangered Species list, but with only contracted caches remaining, it should be.
In a tribute to CRCT and to his dad, our son Eric created this image of a celestial cutthroat. Note the upper left hand corner, where a starry sketch of Orion the Hunter is replaced by Steve the Hunter (some might say "fisherman", but Steve condemns that choice of words). Steve often wears a red kerchief, as characterized here. Perhaps this aligns him more closely with his cherished cutthroat.
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