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Default Question - Yellowstone Park Cutthroats

Looks like the family and I will be heading back to West Yellowstone this summer, question is... what river/stream (inside YNP) should I put on my "must hit" list for fishing over decent sized cutties? Not looking for monsters, but don't really want a stream that I can jump across for 8-inchers either.

This seemed like a no-brainer last summer, but once i got to the park I realized two things fairly quick; 1) most rivers on the west side of the divide (close proximity to West Yellowstone) held browns, rainbows, and brookies, but nothing really lit the lamp as far as cutthroats go, and 2) getting from West Yellowstone to the NE area of the park is not quite the quick drive that it appears on paper and my "fishing day drive" got bogged down, detoured, and de-railed by road repairs.

It's really strange because I got the Matthews book that describes the Buffalo Ford area on the Yellowstone River as fantastic cutthroat fishing, but it may be a bit dated as a newer book (Schweber - 50 Best Places) describes the Yellowstone River as (nearly) completely devoid of fish?

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Yeah, the NE is really your best bet for what you described.
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Yeah, the NE is really your best bet for what you described.
Lamar, soda butte, slough creek should all hold some Yellowstone cutties. Clark fork out side cook city should too.

Then your right closer to me to come fish over the Beartooth lol
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Default Re: Question - Yellowstone Park Cutthroats

Lamar is a beauty and easily accessed. I hike to first meadow of Slough Creek once but didn't fish it much. I did catch a lot of nice big cutts on the Yellowstone in the NE corner of the park once. It's my favorite area of the park for sure.
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Sounds like the NE quad is the target.

Thanks guys for your input. Funny, the Lamar was my destination last summer when bad timing (chip sealing the road) shut me down. Ooh I can't wait!
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