Grand Teton Fly Fishing

Cutthroat Trout, A Jackson Hole Native

Cutthroat Trout are native to the Jackson Hole area.  The Cutthroat was named by naturalist John Richardson who was part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806.  Richardson named the species in honor of William Clark.  The name refers to the distinct red slash on the underside of the lower jaw.  There are several subspecies of cutthroats that are widely distributed throughout the Western United States. In Wyoming, there are thought to have been six subspecies of cutthroat.  Four of these six subspecies are still found and make up the “Cutthroat Grand Slam”.  The Cutt-Slam consists of catching the Colorado River Cutthroat, Bonneville Cutthroat, Snake, and Yellowstone River Cutthroat trout.  The Yellowstone Cutthroat is found in the greatest abundance and can be caught in several rivers and lakes throughout the state, including, of course the Yellowstone River and Yellowstone Lake.  Possibly the second easiest subspecies to knock of the list is the Snake River Cutthroat.  This is the main species of interest for fly fisherman on the Snake River.  The Colorado River Cutthroat is the only native cutthroat trout in the Green River drainages.  Since stocking began early in the 20th century, there are now several subspecies of cutthroats in the Green River drainage.  These subspecies include, Yellowstone, Snake, Colorado River, and Bonneville cutthroats (recently introduced through stocking below Fontenelle Reservoir). Grand Teton Fly Fishing is permitted to guide in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, and also the Green River.  Let our guides take you on the adventure of fishing for the Cutt-Slam!

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  1. I will be in JH from Sept. 9 – 12. Have been a bass fisherman most of my life and experienced with bait and spinning reels. I have no experience with fly rods and reels or any of the gear. I would like to do a one day trip with you. Could you tell me more about what you will supply, what I need to bring. I would like to use a fly rod, but don’t want to use up most of the prime fishing time to learn. Is it possible to get together the day before late in the day to learn and use the full day for fishing. Also, is this a catch and release or keep and clean fishing trip?

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