- The cutthroat trout must be caught from legally catchable populations.
- The cutthroat should be caught in its native range, not where it has been transplanted and is in fact a non-native.
- The fish must be caught on single-hook barbless fly, using fly fishing tackle.
- 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.
- The award application must include the following information for each subspecies caught:
- Cutthroat subspecies name
- Location: state, county, stream
- 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:
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 FFF Flyfisher and on the FFF Clubwire, along with a press release sent to the individual's hometown newspaper.
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.