Hook: Standard Dry Fly (e.g. TMC 100) sizes 10-18
Thread: Grey 8/0
Tail: Grizzly and Brown Hackle Fibres
Body: Grey Antron
Wing: Polypropelene or macrame, usually white
Hackle: Cree or Grizzly/Brown
...by Karen Vanderwater
As we pursued our quest to complete the cutthroat slam in Wyoming, we found the fish in a few spots to be quite stubborn. I would try my dry flies and then switch to a nymph to fulfill the slam. But my stubbornness kept coming though. Once I had the first fish of each type for the slam, I would go right back to dry fly fishing, hoping to complete the slam on dries.
The first river was off colour and we had a hard time getting fish to rise. After several flies, I went searching in the boxes for a solution to dilemma. There had to be something that would work. Up in the corner of one box, forgotten, was a beautiful size 12 Bastard Adams. I decided why not? It should work. It might be something the fish had not seen lately. Sure enough, I had a beautiful Snake River Cutthroat hit it. One down! That was the only cutthroat I caught on a dry fly that day but that was all I needed.
Snake River Fine Spot Cutthroat
At this point, an idea hatched. Could I possibly complete the slam using a Bastard Adams? I was willing to test this and see!
Bonneville (Bear River) Cutthroat
SUCCESS was sweet.
The Cowboy Slam on the Bastard Adams was complete. The week of fishing for a slam was very exciting and rewarding. It is a trip I will always remember. I love dry fly fishing and sometimes being stubborn is a great trait to have.