CHEYENNE - 2013 was a record year for the Game and Fish Cutt-Slam program with 141 anglers completing the requirements for Cutt-Slam certification. This brings the total of cutt-slam recipients to 1,083 since the program was started 17 years ago.
A Cutt-Slam milestone was also reached when Riverton angler Matt LeClair became the 1000th person to complete the “Slam.” In recognition of that milestone, world famous fly fishing equipment manufacturer Orvis Co.donated a complete fly rod, reel and line combo to LeClair for his accomplishment.
To complete the Cutt-Slam, anglers need to catch Wyoming’s four subspecies of cutthroat in their native range in Wyoming. The four subspecies are the Yellowstone, Snake River, Bonneville and Colorado River cutthroat trout. All who achieve this accomplishment receive a certificate listing the name of the angler, color artwork of the four subspecies and notation on the date and location of each catch. The Cutt-Slam program has been featured in fly fishing magazines, on several television programs and angler oriented newsletters throughout the country.
Much of the angler interests in the Cutt-Slam in 2013was likely due to good water conditions for much of the fishing year throughout the native ranges of Wyoming’s cutthroat subspecies.
One of the key components of the Cutt-Slam is that each of the fish must be caught in their native range in Wyoming. Over the years, several of the cutthroat subspecies have been stocked in waters outside of their native drainages. Cutthroat caught in these waters do not meet the Cutt-Slam’s native range requirement. A map showing the native range of the different drainages where the four subspecies can be found is on the Game and Fish website at wgfd.wyo.gov. In addition to the map, a Cutt-Slam application is provided. Also listed are phone numbers of the regional Game and Fish offices where anglers can contact biologists responsible for fisheries management in each drainage.
Anglers completing the Cutt-Slam come from most states and several foreign countries. To qualify, an angler needs to provide a photograph of each fish and information on the date of catch and water where it was caught. There is no minimum size requirement. Releasing of fish is encouraged and may be required depending on the regulations for different waters.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)