Map for Fly Fishing at Grey Reef Ranch by Crazy Rainbow in Wyoming
Feb, 18 2019

Cutthroat

On February 18, 1987 the Cutthroat trout was designated as Wyoming’s state fish. While other states specified a unique subspecies of Cutthroat, Wyoming chose to make all Cutthroat the state fish. Our great state is home to four unique subspecies, the Yellowstone, Snake River, Bonneville, and Colorado River CutthroatIMG_20180902_211143_594

Due to the diversity of Cutthroat, many angling opportunities are available in a wide range of terrain and locations, from coastal Cutts to high mountain streams full of finger-long Cutties. It is because of this diversity that Cutts are such a popular quarry for anglers, specifically fly anglers. Cutts will willingly take many different sorts of flies, and are accessible year round in many fisheries.

Cutthroat have a certain quality about them that seemingly embodies the spirit of the West. They seem to have a sort of mystique that the fish you are holding is a part of the landscape around you, having been truly shaped to it’s surroundings. Each subspecies has unique characteristics that have made them perfectly adapted to specific watersheds.IMG_4061

Cutthroat are under threat. Non-native salmonids are a leading cause of their decline. Interbreeding with introduced cutthroat subspecies, gila trout, and especially rainbow trout have led to a decrease in the genetic purity of our Cowboy State fish. Predation and competition are also leading concerns to Cutts.

We here are the fly shop all love Cutthroat and being that 32 years ago today is the date that set the Cutthroat as the state fish of our home state of Wyoming, we felt they needed some love.

Tight Lines!!

-Justin

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