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Old 08-20-2013, 09:00 PM
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In my pursuit of the Wyoming Cut Slam, today I went after the Colorado Cutthroat. Back in 1999 the Game and Fish started a restoration project on this area of Wyoming where they installed a dam, and then poisoned the fish above the dam, if I recall correctly it involved 2 years and a little over 53 miles of tributaries. Then in 2002 they started to re-introduce the Colorado Cutthroat back into their native waters. So today I got up early, headed out and soon found out I left the map back at the house, but I thought I knew the turn off the hwy, but soon found out that I was wrong and had lost a little over an hour, but eventually got back on track and made it to the creek I wanted to fish, very interesting place with a lot of history.
Once I found the dam, I knew that any fish above that location was going to be a Colorado Cutthroat:
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Some history behind the project:
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Here is the creek and a small section of the remains of the Fontenelle fire from last year, if I recall correctly it consumed a little over 80,000 acres:
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I probably fished the creek for over an hour before I finally found some fish, but it was definitely worth it. I didn't land anything really big but these little guys sure are pretty:
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That is an interesting history of the area Larry. I had not ever heard of the place until you told me your plans to go there. I'm happy to see you found your way there For those little trout you might like one of the mini Brodin C&R nets like I have for the little creeks and fish. I only use it when I'm expecting the little guys, this looks like the perfect stream for it.

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That is an interesting history of the area Larry. I had not ever heard of the place until you told me your plans to go there. I'm happy to see you found your way there For those little trout you might like one of the mini Brodin C&R nets like I have for the little creeks and fish. I only use it when I'm expecting the little guys, this looks like the perfect stream for it.

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Ard: That valley sure has some rich history, I should have photographed some of the other signs that I stopped to read as I progressed up the headwaters, pretty interesting stuff. You are correct about the net, mine is pretty useless. The other day when I was fishing the other Wyoming creek for Bonneville Cutthroats, I land the first fish using my net, when I pulled the hook free the small fish promptly slipped through one of the holes in the rubber netting and was gone. I must have had a pretty startled look on my face.

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Great job catching the Colorado Cut! They are beautiful fish. I love history and the photos of the signs give a real cool perspective of the area you were fishing! Thanks!
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Congrat's on capturing the Wyoming Cutt Slam Larry... what a cool little marathon you've had.

One of my favorite phrases (not sure who said it) is; "I fish for wild trout because of the places they live." And these pic's speak volumes to that statement. very interesting.
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Nice"historical" spot Larryglad you could find the dam...
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Larry: That was a nice report .Glade to see you working on the slam and succeeding.
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I love it up there. High country Antelope running around makes me always do a double take.
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Wow-great history of the area you fished, great looking cutthroats as well!
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