A kype is a hook that forms on the lower jaw of a male trout, salmon or steelhead, during spawning periods. This is their badge of power and dominance, that is unique to only these species. It’s an explanation point, similar to the rack of a male deer—a sign of a warrior—a sign of strength. These kype-busting-bucks are known to burn-out drag systems, shatter graphite, and snap leaders as if they were a strand of hair–and with such a mark of strength, thus the title of our magazine, KYPE.
Kype represents a new and refreshing approach to salmon, trout, and steelheading focusing on West Coast rivers, Great Lakes tributaries and trout streams across the continent.