.......................  ......Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
3/19/12

A Little Help For Yellowstone Cutthroat
For one thing, the fishing permit fees for Yellowstone National Park are going up
slightly. Although many would probably disagree with me, in my opinion, this is a
good thing.

The new fee structure will include a three-day permit for $18, a 7-day permit for
$25 and an annual permit for $40. Current permit fees are $15, $20 and $35,
respectively. Permits for anglers 15 years of age and younger will remain free.
You can read more about it here.

Also, there has been a recent million dollar contribution from the Yellowstone
Park Native Fish Conservation. That is great and badly needed even though it's
not close to what is needed. It will be matched by Federal Funds borrowed from
China. I say that because the United States is borrowing 41 percent of every
dollar it is spending, hasn't had a budget in three years, and over 15 trillion
dollars in the hole. I'm not going to get into politics. I will just say if the abuse is
going to continue, Yellowstone Cutthroat may as well get their part of it.

I will say, I think the National Park Service has done a very, very lousy
job of protecting the Cutthroat trout for years now
, and this includes all
the other animals that survive as a result of the Cutthroat. It doesn't just affect
the fishing.
It affects everything alive to do with Yellowstone National
Park.
The fishery people need to get off their butts and focus on getting the
lake trout out of Yellowstone Lake before they sit back and make any more
studies on doing anything, much less attempting to poison and restore
cutthroats in some of the streams. As far as I'm concerned, they should all get
out of the office and out on the lake helping to net the damn things to save
Yellowstone or hit the unemployment line so the money saved on their salaries
can be used for that purpose. Any way you want to look at it, they have failed to
accomplish what's by far the most important problem Yellowstone Park faces.

Copyright 2012 James Marsh