April 26, 2018

April 25, 2018 - Bonneville Cutthroats

Most of the creeks and streams that I usually fish are high and off colored right now, so I thought I'd fish a spring fed mountain stream for the endangered Bonneville cutthroat trout. As Utah's state fish, you'd think that it would be plentiful, but sadly no. There are only a few vestiges of wild Bonneville cutthroats around as most of their habitat has been destroyed, or over run with exotic species like brown or rainbow trout.  Catching Bonneville cutthroat trout is a really special event.




Yesterday was sunny and windy. Usually I can get in under the trees to protect myself from the wind, but not on this stream. Gusts of wind came up the canyon making precision casting very difficult. I missed numerous fish because I had difficulty controlling the line.





Still, I was able to take many fish. None were very large, but that doesn't matter to me. These are wild native jewels swimming in pristine mountain water. It was a joy to be there.






I'll be back for sure, hopefully on a day with less wind!

Here is a video of some of the fish:










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