Thursday, February 11, 2016

Cuttcatch Project Recognizes Species Diversity

The Cuttcatch Project is part of an effort by the IFFF to express the value of species diversity in fisheries. The project is designed to help flyfishers appreciate diversity of native species in general and, in this particular case, value the many subspecies of cutthroat trout. Learning to value these cutthroat in their native range is a critical first step for their recovery.

To accomplish the task, the Cuttcatch Project encourages the flyfisher to collect memories of the different species caught and released. Those IFFF members who successfully catch four subspecies of cutthroat trout will receive a patch, pin and certificate in recognition of their accomplishment.


Congratulations to Cuttcatch Award Recipients!


Paul Agedius

Steve Bush

Mark Ratzlaff

Cliff Swanson



Dave De Ruysscher

Craig Steele

Matthew D. Hill

Bill Hammons

Keith P. Richard

Thomas V. Scoggins


Patrick M. Rowland


Russell Hershbarger


Robert C. Marsett


Fred M. Wammock

Brent C. McKell


Cuttcatch Program Guidelines



  1. The cutthroat trout must be caught from legally catchable populations.

  2. The cutthroat should be caught in its native range, not where it has been transplanted and is in fact a non-native.

  3. The fish must be caught on single-hook barbless fly, using fly fishing tackle.

  4. The fish must be photographed with minimal stress; that is, raised above the water, photographed, and then released unharmed, NOT photographed flopping on the bank.

  5. The award application must include the following information for each subspecies caught:
  • Cutthroat subspecies name
  • Location: state, county, stream
  • Date
  • Approximate length
  • Fly used
  • Name and address of your local newspaper
  • Signed statement that the above rules were followed.
How To Apply


When four different subspecies of cutthroat are caught, send your documentation, photographs and $8.00 to cover the cost of the patch and mailing to:

Cuttcatch Program
International Federation of Fly Fishers
5237 U.S. Highway 89 S., Suite 11
Livingston , MT 59047
Award applications will be reviewed quarterly and valid recipients will be notified. The award recipients will be listed in the IFFF Flyfisher and on the FFF E-news, along with a press release sent to the individual's hometown newspaper.
Please contact 406-222-9369 X0 or e-mail
More Information
The angler should create a journal or written record of their journey toward the Cuttcatch. Documentation for each catch (and it's accompanying photo) should include date, location, fly, etc. The Cuttcatch requirements on the website contain a fair bit of specific detail on species and qualifying locations, so the angler should use that information to help inform the log or journal entry. Catch locations might be noted with GPS coordinates, for example, if the angler has a GPS unit.
 Project Cuttcatch Catch Log (PDF) 
 Cuttcatch Angler Certification Form (PDF)



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