As a Utah native and long time fly fisherman it is only natural to have a desire to catch the most genetically pure native trout in the state. Also as I attempt my first Utah Cutthroat slam I’d like to have a chance to catch and photograph the finest specimen available. The Bonneville Cutthroat Trout is native only to Utah and can be caught in various streams in the state. I’ve caught them many times before but not what the state deemed pure. I wont name the stream or the area for that matter but a good friend of mine found a stream that, according to the state of Utah has the purest form of Bonneville Cutthroat trout in Utah.
So with a few attractor dry fly patterns and a rough plan we headed off to the mountains to find them. A few casts in with a little grasshopper pattern and we had our first totally wild Bonneville Cutthroat. Something about seeing these pure little fish in their native habitat was an incredible moment. They look a lot like the Utah Yellowstone Cutthroat but have more of a bronze hue where the Yellowstone has more of a purplish hue. They are just beautiful little gems and did not disappoint. Get out and explore wild Utah for a chance to catch a pure Utah native. Jeremy Allan Fly Fishing.
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