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The Western Native Trout Initiative provides resources to help you catch native trout in the West. Tim Romano

Have you ever caught a native Western trout? Well, do you want to? Thanks to our fish friends at the Western Native Trout Initiative, it’s now easier for all you DIY’ers to take a road trip next summer and catch the fish of your dreams. WNTI set up a mini-site dedicated to educating folks on a handful of native trout species in four states, and offers a primer for where and how to fish for them. The four fish covered are Bonneville cutthroat trout in Utah, Lahontan cutthroat trout in Nevada, Westslope cutthroat trout in Washington, and Rio Grande cutthroat trout in Colorado.

In WNTI’s words, “We’ve assembled a four-part course full of tips and tricks for chasing these beautiful fish. As part of the course, you will receive one email per week chock full of information for planning your next great adventure.”

I speak from my experiences growing up in the beautiful state of Colorado in saying that chasing these native fish is just half of the fun. Getting to, camping, and soaking in the scenery of where these fish live is the other.

So as this season starts to wind down, do yourself a favor and check out this great guide on where to find four of the most sought after native trout in the western U.S. and start planning a little fishing road trip for next year.