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The head of a tiger trout. Paul Burnett/Trout Unlimited. By Brett Prettyman This is the tale of two fish. The take was similar. The tug was not. One easily provided more thrill than the other, but it was not the fish you would expect. I recently had the chance to visit the family ranch of a good [ READ MORE... ]
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Methow Valley Irrigation District construction, TU photo by Lisa Pelly By Laura Ziemer The White House’s Infrastructure Week has come and gone, but there’s still an urgent need to address the nation’s backlog of aging infrastructure. With federal funds and programs under increasing pressure, we [ READ MORE... ]
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By Travis Banta It is safe to say we are a fishing family. Grandpa Lee crossed the Madison River to his favorite fishing hole in an old 1940's era Ford pickup. Grandma Margaret hated that bridge because it was essentially a couple of 2x12 boards and she didn’t like guiding the tires of that old [ READ MORE... ]
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This Bonneville cutthroat represents the first native fish in 50 years to be able to access spawning habitat in the headwaters of Strawberry Creek, a tributary to the Weber River in Northern Utah. Paul Burnett photo. By Paul Burnett For the first time in 50 years, Bonneville cutthroat trout in [ READ MORE... ]
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Jason Dyer working on his casting while on a fishing trip in Canada. Agustina Boitano Davidson photo By Jason Dyer I grew up on the East Coast and fished a lot of small streams and deep hidden ponds in the White Mountains during my adolescent years. I did do a fair amount of surf casting, but it [ READ MORE... ]
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Tom Doxey caught this Yellowstone cutthroat in northwestern Utah to complete his Utah Cutthroat Slam. Courtesy photo. By Tom Doxey My quest for the Utah Cutthroat Slam began in April 2016 when the program was introduced at the Wasatch Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Expo.  I was lucky enough to be the [ READ MORE... ]
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Paul Burnett, wearing the white hard hat, celebrates with Utah Division of Wildlife workers and volunteers after completing a 385-foot fish ladder through a concrete culvert to allow migratory cutthroat to return to headwaters they had been cut off from for more than 40 years. Brett Prettyman photo [ READ MORE... ]
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The Clean Water Act is arguably the nation’s most important environmental law. For decades, it has been wildly successful in protecting and cleaning up rivers and streams that were a public health and environmental nightmare. With the stroke of a presidential pen this week, some of those gains are [ READ MORE... ]
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A recently acquired water lease on Utah's Weber River could help migratory native Bonneville cutthroat populations survive low water events. Trout Unlimited photo. By Paul Burnett Working within the constraints of Western Water Law to develop mechanisms for keeping water in streams is a slow and [ READ MORE... ]
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Nearly 9,000 native Bonneville cutthroat trout, the state fish, were recently released in Mill Creek Canyon east of Salt Lake City. Mill Creek is now an entirely native fish system with Bonneville cutthroat, mountain suckers and longnosed dace all reintroduced after nonnative fish were removed. [ READ MORE... ]
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