From their website,
The Utah Cutthroat Slam is a way to have an angling adventure and support our native trout legacy. For jut $20, you can register to embark on the challenge. Money raised will be used to help fund native cutthroat trout conservation projects across the state. Can you catch and release each of the four Utah cutthroat trout subspecies in their native waters?”
Cutthroat trout are beautiful, live in pristine environments and are the only trout native to Utah and much of the Rocky Mountain region. Help Trout Unlimited and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources protect this natural treasure.
Native waterways is key to the program. One of the stipulations of the challenge is that any of the fish that you "turn in" for completion must have been caught in its native home. The UDWR has, at times, planted cutthroat trout in water-systems that were not part of their native range. For example, Strawberry Reservoir has been planted with both Bear River and Yellowstone Cutthroats. If you catch a Cutthroat at Strawberry Reservoir, and even though it might be a pure strain Bear River Cutt, it does not count as one for the challenge. You have to catch these fish in their native homes, which can mean lots of miles and some bushwhacking.
Getting involved in the Utah Cutthroat Slam is super simple.
- Go and register. Signing up costs $20 and according to the promotional/informational video (see below), $19 of that money is being returned to conservation. Sign up with the UDWR.
- Go and fish. Remember that you have to catch these fish in their native waters. Take a photo of the catch and release the fish to be caught be another fisherman. To complete the challenge you must catch at least 1 of each of the sub-species of Utah Cutthroat Trout.
- Once you have caught all of your fish, submit the photos and all other necessary information (description of where you caught it, license number, etc) to the UDWR.
- Wait for your awesome certificate and medallion, both of which give you something to hold over your buddies who have yet to complete the slam.
It is really that simple!
So, we have signed up for the Slam and are looking forward to getting out and fishing for these beautiful fish. We are also planning on keeping a record of all of our trips, hopefully giving tips and tricks for each water along the way.
Look for our next installment of articles for the Utah Cutthroat Slam, where we discuss our search for the remote Yellowstone Cutthroat.