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July 29, 2008


Save the Cutts

The Greenback Cutthroat is a protected species in Colorado and is subject to catch and release regulations. Please do your part in the future to help the recovery of our state fish...don't eat them!

Great photos and trip reports otherwise.

Will Marquardt

Dear Save the Cutts,

Thanks for your comment.

I'm pretty sure that you did not mean to insinuate that my taking of the cutthroat trout was illegal. In case you did mean that, you are wrong.

Cutthroat trout, and all of our God given natural resources, should be jealously protected for future generations. There are areas where cutthroat should not be taken and where they are not legal to harvest. As a general rule, high mountain lakes do not fit into this classification.

I am a regular fly fisherman and have never, never kept a trout of any kind out of any river in the state of Colorado. On occasion when my wife and I backpack, we keep 1 or 2 small cuts or brookies for dinner caught in high mountain lakes. We praise God for the privilege of eating these fish and we know that we are not negatively impacting the resource.

Generally speaking, as I'm sure you can tell, I'm with you. Catch and release is the way to go.

Will Marquardt


The view seen in your pictures is amazing. Thanks for the detailed description of ways to get to the start point. It is important to note that one should also needs to come with appropriate equipment-warm clothes, good sleeping bag etc.



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