by Wyoming Game & Fish
July 24, 2006
Anglers wanting to join the ranks of the 300 plus men and women who have completed their Wyoming Cutt-Slam should find the fishing excellent in the next several months.
The Cutt-Slam was implemented in 1996 and recognizes anglers for catching Wyoming's four subspecies of cutthroat trout in their native waters in Wyoming. The four subspecies are the Yellowstone, Snake River, Bonneville and Colorado River cutthroat trout. Successful anglers receive a certificate listing the name of the angler, color artwork of the four species and notation on the date and location of their catch.
The late Ron Remmick, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's former fish supervisor for Pinedale and Green River, originated the Cutt-Slam. The program was started to draw attention to Wyoming's cutthroat management program and has been featured in fly fishing magazines and on several television programs.
For the most part, water conditions will be low and challenging in the next few months in most western Wyoming cutthroat waters. But, even with those conditions, most Cutt-Slams are caught between mid-July and October.
Through mid-July 2006, more than 335 anglers from 37 states and two foreign countries have completed the requirements. To qualify, an angler needs to provide photographs, dates and locations of all four subspecies caught. There is no minimum size requirement; fish from 6 to 20 plus inches have been submitted. Releasing fish after photographing is encouraged and may be required depending on the regulations for the specific water.
Anglers can contact Game and Fish offices for information on drainages and different waters in the state where these fish are available. Cutt-Slam applications and listings of different cutthroat waters are also available on the Game and Fish web site at http://gf.state.wy.us.
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