Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout

14 September 2005 By Dan Bachman • The-Trout-Chronicles • Comments (5)

This past weekend I went on a whirlwind tour of the Yellowstone area with my 2 oldest children. They had never been to Yellowstone and I used the opportunity to fish quite a few rivers that have been on my radar for awhile including:

The Firehole River
The Madison River (both in the Park and below Quake Lake)
Slough Creek
The Box on Henry’s Fork
The Ranch on Henry’s Fork
Warm River

I will be adding entries about some of the rivers in the coming days. But the news for this entry is that I caught my 6th species of the trout family, the Yellowstone Cutthroat—Oncorhynchus clarki bouvieri.

Yellowstone Cutt Yellowstone Cutt

I did a little research prior to going and I wanted to fish in the park off the beaten path and settled on Slough Creek. Located in the NE corner of the park several of the fly shops in W. Yellowstone told me that Slough Creek was the more technical of the three streams and creeks in the area. Books and articles I read called it one of the easiest. Conflicting information can be difficult to wade through, but that is a topic for a future entry.

We arrived on Slough Creek around 1:00 PM and the skies were overcast and the temperature was in the mid-50’s. I walked the stream for a good mile upstream with no sign of action or fish. I talked to several other anglers that said they had no luck and were leaving in search of better waters. Around 3:00 the sun broke through the clouds and warmed up considerably. I found a nice hole below a section of rapids and waited it out. Within 20 minutes a green drake hatch started to come off and the waters came alive. Fish begin rising everywhere. The closest fly that I had was a brown drake. I tied it on and on my third cast to a riser I hooked a beauty, a seventeen incher that took my hook deep.

Bull Elk near Mammoth Springs My kids in nature's hottub

On the way back to our campsite we stopped at Mammoth Hot Springs where a bull elk charged a couple that had wandered too close, sending them scrambling behind our car for safety. Later that evening my kids and I soaked and relaxed in hot springs water that empties into the Gardiner River near the north entrance to Yellowstone.



  1. 19 September 2005 Jeff Welker


    I made my first trip to Yellowstone with my eldest son last year. It was great experience. We fished nothing but dry flys for an entire week. Casting to Baetis sipping bank-feeders on the Firehole was a highlight for me. My son nailed a 19-inch Cutt on the Lamar that was the most beautiful fish we’ve ever caught.

    Thanks for sharing your trip and pics.


  2. 19 September 2005 Dan Bachman


    I fished mostly with a Winston LT 5 weight on the Yellowstone trip.

    I certainly agree that the Yellowstone Cutt is an incredibly beautiful fish.


  3. 20 May 2006 ROBERT ENIGL


  4. 20 May 2006 Dan Bachman

    Robert- It really depends on when you go. I would check out the hatch charts from Madison River Outfitters

  5. 26 May 2006 rob

    im going july 25th through aug 3

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