Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
1. BWOs (Little and baetis BWOs)
2. Little Yellow Quills
3. Needle Stoneflies
Most available/ Other types of food:
5. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
6. Craneflies (larvae)
Fly Fishing DVD - Part 16
The number one reason Angie and I like fly fishing for Cutthroat Trout is they don't live in ugly places.
They live in some of the most beautiful places in the World.
It took us a while to figure out why some anglers look down on them and some praise them, or at least they
do in Yellowstone country. I know that probably turned some heads but the guides, outfitters, fly shop owners
on the West side of the park call them stupid, easy to catch and in general, tend to degrade Yellowstone's
native trout , the Yellowstone Cutthroat. The guides, outfitters, and fly shop owners on the North and East
sides of the park praise the native Yellowstone Cutts.
At first, we couldn't see the forest for the trees. There's very few cutthroat trout in the streams on the West
side of the park as compared to the north and east sides of the park, or more specifically, the northeast side
of the park. It gets down to greed, or the entities keeping the visiting anglers near their location. West
Yellowstone entities push the rainbow and brown trout, Gardiner and Cook City entities push the cutthroat
trout as well as the browns and rainbows. Cutthroat Trout are not trash fish. They are the only species
of trout native to Yellowstone National Park. Rainbow, brown and brook trout are all exotic species that
were at one time introduced to the park by stocking practices. I'm using Yellowstone National Park as an
example, but many other western areas with noteworthy trout fishing fit the same scenario.
In Yellowstone National Park, the Westslope Cutts are about gone, and the Yellowstone Cutthroats appear to
be well on their way to being gone. The park biologist are working on returning the native Westslope Cutts to
Goose Lake, but I'm afraid the effort is very late and far too little. The park officials and private entities are
making well intended efforts to stop the huge problem with the depletion of the Yellowstone Cutts, but it is
quite clear the effort isn't near enough to solve what's by far the biggest problem in Yellowstone. Lake trout in
Yellowstone Lake have been wiping them out for the past few years. Not only is the problem affecting the
fishery, it is also affecting many animals that live in the park. Cutthroat trout have always been a major
source of food for many animals and birds.
The Colorado state fish, the Greenback Cutthroat Trout, that were thought to be located in many streams
within the state have been recently determined not to be pure Greenbacks. They now are saying the pure
strain species only exist in one four-mile stretch of water. Oh well, I'm off the subject of our DVD and I'm also
out of time to complain anymore. Good luck to the cutthroat trout.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh
Update on the Fishing Conditions:
The warm weather continues but the rainfall
amounts are disappointing. The streams are still
very low for this time of the year. There's still a slight
chance (20%) of rain for today and tomorrow.
The high temperature in Gatlinburg for Saturday and
Sunday is predicted to be 65 degrees. The best
chance of rain will be this coming Monday. Following
that front, the temperatures will drop back down to
normal for this time of the year with lows near
freezing and highs in the fifties.
In other words folks, and to abuse the King's
language even more than I normally do, you better
get it while the gettin is good.