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Riverton angler the 1,000th G&F Cutt-Slam participant

Aug 30, 2013 - From staff reports

When Riverton angler Matt LeClair submitted his paperwork after completing the requirements for Wyoming's Cutt-Slam, he had no idea that his entry would be the one to achieve the milestone of the 1,000th Cutt-Slam angler for this 17-year-old Game and Fish program.

LeClair who has been fishing all his life, and fly fishing for the last four years, caught all of his "Cutt-Slam" fish this summer on several fishing trips culminating with his catch of a Snake River cutthroat from the Hoback River.

In recognition of that milestone, fly fishing equipment manufacturer The Orvis Company has donated a complete fly rod, reel and line combo to the person who achieves that accomplishment. In addition, the Game and Fish will give LeClair a Cutt-Slam shirt and patch.

To complete the Cutt-Slam, anglers need to catch Wyoming's four subspecies of cutthroat trout in their native range in Wyoming. The four subspecies are the Yellowstone, Snake River, Bonneville and Colorado River cutthroat trout.

All who achieve this accomplishment receive a certificate listing the name of the angler, color artwork of the four subspecies and notation on the date and location of each catch.

LeClair said going after his Cutt-Slam was a great experience.

"I was able to see new country and fish different waters than the ones I normally fish," LeClair said. "It involved a bit of driving to get to the various streams I fished, but it was well worth it. The country was beautiful, and I caught a lot of fish everywhere I went."

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