By popular demand (if you can call one request “popular”), here are some photos from my second trip to “Chalkstream” this past Wednesday and my first trip to “Bonneville Creek” this year.
The humiliating day of skunkage in King Kong sized proportions gives way to the Intermountain West’s finest “Chalkstream” containing some sizeable fish. This angler was there for an incredible day of biking, beauty and dry fly excitement during a prolific hatch.
If you are in the least bit interested in native fish, the Paiute Cutthroat is an important species to help. The few remaining fish in their native range in the entire world are in just several miles of creek in the High Sierras of eastern California.
A couple of native trout conservation topics to keep tabs on in Idaho and Yellowstone.
Head on over to Island Park and watch the big cutts on their spawning run as they make their way from Henry’s Lake to Hatchery Creek.
Nick Clement of Reel Escape Films has a nice trailer (4:33) of his In the Land of the Cutthroats (this is the link to the HD version on Vimeo—check out the other videos of his there too).
Although in my neck of the woods fishing is open 365 days a year, this is pretty much the end of the season for me.
Yesterday, the Center for Biological Diversity filed suit against the USFWS to seek protection for the Colorado River cutthroat under the Endangered Species Act.
Mike Savlen has done his first (I believe it’s his first) painting of a cutthroat. The colors are exceptionally brilliant. It’s for sale too. Go check it out!
A local creek, Swan Creek in the Bear Lake valley, is being rehabilitated and restocked with Bonneville cutthroat.
Stocking westslope cutthroat into Montana’s back-country lakes by horseback.
Two trips of two days each fishing “Bonneville Creek,” Idaho and Greys River, Wyoming for Bonneville and Finespotted cutthroat trout (including a brief recap of Scott’s most prolific 3 hours of catching fish ever experienced).
The Logan River is my “home” water (it’s the closest, but I haven’t fished it as much this year). I was able to fish it twice last week. Here’s the report (along with some amateurish video of Cutthroat Stalker stalking cutthroat).
Wildlife sound recorder Mike Kasic swims with Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Great footage! Concerns about the cutthroat’s plight, especially in Yellowstone Lake are also discussed.
Trying to restore native Yellowstone cutts, 6 lakes in the Flathead area of Montana had their fish limits removed.