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Yellowstone cutthroat trout can be found in the streams near Brent's cabin in Fremont County. (Photo by Dave Zoby)

and shopping malls. He appreciates the areas around
Dubois where it's common to find fresh moose or
grizzly tracks on the sandbar where you cast to wild
trout. There's nothing comparable, he said.
" I like to catch them on top, using dry flies. There's
no better place than this area for pure dry fly-fishing, "
Brent said.
He has told me that the Yellowstone cutthroats
in some of the streams grow to more than 20 inches.
To drive this point home, he gave me directions to
one of his favorite trout streams. Though it required
lots of hiking, I dropped into a valley with no other
anglers present and fished up and down the stream
all day catching cutthroats.
When you enter a valley and see a wild, undammed
river racing over gravel bars, and downed trees trembling in the current, you get a taste of what it might
have looked like 200 years ago. As fly anglers, we
often look for the biggest fish, or places where we
can catch one after another, 30 or 40 fish per day.
Bottom-release dams allow us year-round fishing,
and they produce a booming population of aquatic

Bill Mixer presents a tiny mayfly to a large trout that refused everything the angler had, including the mayfly.
(Photo by Dave Zoby)

		

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