Cutbows are generally an unwanted cross between introduced Rainbow and native Cutthroat.
In many western states this cross is removing the native Cutthroat. This is a 19-inch fish caught by Nephew Chris Willis in the Bitterroot drainage of Montana. Cut-bows are common in this area.
Cutbows have the fighting characteristics of Rainbows and the beauty of Cutthroat.
There are as many different looking Cut-bows as there are
subspecies of Cutthroat.
There are a few states that still stock Cutbows, but many
states are trying to remove them and restore the native Cutthoat.
They are a beautiful hybrid.
This is one of over 100 small Cutbows we caught actually looking for another hybrid (Brook/Bull) in Slate Creek, Montana. Slate Creek is a tributary of the West Fork of the Bitterroot.
These fish are everywhere in the west and it will be hard to remove all of them.