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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 this, 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 Recent Cuttcatch Winners!

2013 - Patrick M. Rowland

2012 - Russell Hershbarger

2011 - Robert C. Marsett

2010 - Fred M. Wammock

2010 - Brent C. McKell

 

Cuttcatch Program Guidelines

Rules

 

  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.
 
Questions
 
Please contact 406-222-9369 X0 or e-mail conservation@fedflyfishers.org.
 
 
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.
 
Forms
 
 Project Cuttcatch Catch Log (PDF) 
 
 Cuttcatch Angler Certification Form (PDF)

 

 

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