STFF Fish-out “Challenges”
Any anglers interested in multi-day trips beyond the local area code, even into other time zones?? The objective would be to catch fish better known for their uniqueness than for their size, and often in waters not much wider than a rod length. Small waters would require small numbers of anglers. Some hiking will be necessary.
Organized like “Meet up” groups, anglers would be independent travelers but meet at different locations to camp, socialize, and compare notes and photographs. Be sure to allow time for side trips such as visits to National Parks.
A number of states have fishing “Challenges”, usually native fish found in their historical waters. They are often isolated thus not compromised by introduced brown, brook, or rainbow trout. It is a great way to travel to locations off the radar for most anglers.
California’s program is the Heritage Trout Challenge: catch 6 (or more) of the 11 unique fish. Wyoming and Utah anglers go after the “Cutt-Slam”: catch 4 different cutthroat trout. Nevada has the “Native Fish Slam”: 6 different species including a bull trout. Arizona has the “Trout Challenge”: familiar trout plus the unique Apache Trout.
A new program is a bit of a combination of all of these. Termed the “Western Native Trout Challenge”, the objective is to catch and photograph some of the 18 species listed in 12 western states. A registration is required, and fish caught prior to registering for this challenge don’t count!!
To get started, how about trips like the following in 2020:
February/March: Pyramid Lake, Nevada: Lahontan Cutthroat
July: Golden Trout/Kern River Rainbow
September: Selection of Western States
October: Golden Trout offered again and/or Eagle Lake Rainbow
A proposal: form a list of anglers interested in “taking the challenge”, then start planning adventures. Get on the list by contacting Allan Craig with an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org