Tom, Rick, and Brian A. took a day to look for cutthroats and more on the Twisp and Methow Rivers. Started on the Twisp at the confluence with the Methow and fished up perhaps 1/2 mile, mostly in peoples' backyards. Wilderness fishing at its best!
We found a good number of 8" to 12" rainbows and cutts, and a few nicer sized cutts in the 15" to 16" range. Rick picked up this nice cutt on a double beaded black stonefly. Brian caught a couple similar sized on a dry (caddis or stimulator - no picture as he wasn't nearby). Most of the action was on a stimulator or elk-hair caddis dry, or a smaller prince/pheasant tail nymph, but the stoneflies seems to get the bigger fish.
On the Methow in the big hole above the confluence with the Twisp, Tom skillfully hooked into the biggest fish of the day, a beautiful 18-inch cutt that fought long and hard (tilt your head if you want to watch the video). The fish took a stonefly. We moved downstream to a run off Gold Creek Road and caught or had on a couple other good sized cutts as well as a number of smaller fish on the same flies as the Twisp, and Tom even brought in a couple whitefish. All in all, a beautiful day.