When it comes to trout fishing there are two species of trout that are heads and tails above the other species as far as popularity is concerned. When it comes to freshwater trout, rainbow trout and cutthroat trout are what most anglers think of when they think of the term “trout fishing”. One of the reasons for this is that these two species of trout can be found in the exact same areas and can many times be caught literally side by side. Nowhere is this truer than in the flowing waters of rivers or streams.
Although these trout appear much like each other, the cutthroats distinguishing characteristic is a red or orange “slash” on its throat (just below the gill plate) and the rainbow having a long red bar extending along its entire body, the main difference is in the way these two species of trout act once they are hooked. As a matter of fact, I can tell which species of trout I have hooked almost instantly after I set the hook. This fact is really quite remarkable, but nonetheless true.
If rainbow trout and cutthroat trout are compared as far as fighting ability is concerned, which is obviously the purpose of this article; there is no doubt that rainbow trout win the battle. This is especially true in river fishing situations. When fishing for these two species of trout in rivers the difference between a rainbow trout and a cutthroat trout can be determined almost instantaneously, with the rainbow wining the battle. Fishing baits
After being hooked, cutthroat trout fight initially, but then begin to act much like an old boot. Okay, it’s not quite that bad, but the difference between these two species of trout and fighting ability (which means how much “fun” they are to catch) isn’t even close, with rainbow trout being much more enjoyable to catch. While the cutthroat acts like an old boot, the rainbow acts like you would hope a fish would, pulling out drag, making ‘runs’, and even jumping completely out of the water at times. The bottom line is that there is little doubt as to which of these two trout species is more fun to catch.
If you don’t believe me, the next time that you are out on your favorite river fishing for trout pay attention to the fighting ability of each of these trout species and see for your self that I am telling the truth. When it comes to catching rainbow trout versus cutthroat trout the is little doubt that the rainbow trout is much more fun to catch, if you think “fighting ability” and “fun” go hand in hand when it comes to fishing.
Trevor Kugler is co-founder of JRWfishing.com and an avid angler. He has more than 25 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and 15 years of business and internet experience. He currently raises his five year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country.