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Cutthroat: A Journey Through the American West

Cutthroat: A Journey Through the American West

$ 59.95

Text and images by Michael Graybrook

Foreword by John Gierach

Publisher: Scott & Nix, Inc.

Size: 12.375 × 8"

Pages: 136

Images: 86

Maps: 1

ISBN: 978-0-9825102-9-2

Format: Cloth

Back matter: Index, species list, selected bibliography

Fine art giclée prints available exclusively through Scott & Nix here 


"A radiant book! Graybrook documents in prose and picture the beauty of these incredible fishes of desert, mountain, and coastal streams. In the process he chronicles his own singular and enduring passion, and the epic journeys he makes to seek little pockets of natural wonder."—James Prosek

"Elegant, preceptive, well-written and designed. A true paean to that wonderful western fish!"—Nick Lyons


John Gierach begins his foreword to Michael Graybrook's Cutthroat with a question:

"Why would an otherwise well-adjusted Pennsylvania fisherman and architect not only become fascinated by the native cutthroat trout of the American West, but spend years researching, locating, catching, photographing and releasing pure-strain examples of the twelve subspecies that still exist?"

The answer—if one really exists—unfolds through Graybrook's fascinating accounts of his travels to seek out each subspecies of cutthroat in its native waters and to create miraculously detailed underwater photographic portraits of each type of trout.

Cutthroat begins with an introduction about the "quest," his methods, and a brief primer about trout biology and ongoing conservation efforts to preserve these unique American fish. Main chapters arranged by each of the cutthroat subspecies, twelve in all, include stunning habitat shots and multiple large reproductions of Graybrook's photographs of the fish. Along the way he encounters wildfires, grizzly bears, rattlesnakes, curious state troopers, lightning storms, flood, oppressive heat, frigid nights, bad food, and impossible roads. He is rewarded with magical solitude, breathtaking natural beauty, and after twenty years of traveling, a collection of some of the most strikingly beautiful natural history images ever captured on film.

Graybrook has created a new classic for anglers or anyone who appreciates the majesty of the American West and its native wildlife.


Cutthroat Species List

Cutthroat trout are members of the genus Oncorhynchus along with the Pacific salmon and rainbow and redband trout. Below is a listing of the current accepted common name and scientific name of each of the types of native cutthroat trout. (Subspecies marked with an asterisk are considered extinct.) 

Coastal cutthroat trout Oncorhynchus clarkii clarkii

Alvord cutthroat trout Oncorhynchus clarkii alvordensis*

Bonneville cutthroat trout Oncorhynchus clarkii utah

Humboldt cutthroat trout Oncorhynchus clarkii humboldtensis

Lahontan cutthroat trout Oncorhynchus clarkii henshawi

Willow-Whitehorse cutthroat trout Oncorhynchus clarkii subspecies

Paiute cutthroat trout Oncorhynchus clarkii seleniris

Snake River fine-spotted cutthroat trout Oncorhynchus clarkii behnkei

Westslope cutthroat trout Oncorhynchus clarkii lewisi

Yellowfin cutthroat trout Oncorhynchus clarkii macdonaldi*

Yellowstone cutthroat trout Oncorhynchus clarkii bouvierii

Colorado River cutthroat trout Oncorhynchus clarkii pleuriticus

Greenback cutthroat trout Oncorhynchus clarkii stomias

Rio Grande cutthroat trout Oncorhynchus clarkii virginalis