About this blog

This blog is all about fly fishing for native trout. On it I cover trip reports, fishing tactics, conservation, the latest news about native trout species and much more. This site provides a companion to my web page nativetroutflyfishing.com.

Gary

Monday, April 26, 2010

First Fish on the Dry 2010 and Updates

So it has been a bit since I have posted much on the blog, but that will be changing here. I leave Wednesday morning for a few days steelheading and I am sure that there will be plenty to write about when I get back. I will also be looking to do some updates to the website in the near future here as well. Now onto the fishing report...

The other day I headed out to my local "super secret" cutthroat pond with my friend and coworker Justin. Upon arriving there were plenty of midges coming off and a few chum salmon fry swimming in the shallows, so I went with a callibaetis dry and chirony dropper and Justin started out with a little baitfish imitation. This was only my second outing with my new 6' 1wt Scott Fibertouch rod and I was quite curious to see how it dealt with the dry dropper step-up. I picked up a few fish on the dropper and Justin had a few grabs with the fry imitations when the wind kicked up and the fish started actively rising on the far side of the pond. I made my way over and on the first cast was rewarded with a beautiful native coastal cutthroat and my first fish on a dry for 2010!

Dry caught cutty!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Book Review: An Entirely Synthetic Fish by Andres Halverson


When going through the different species of trout on my Trout and Salmon Species Page, one common trend that you will come across is that when you get to the status section for each fish there is typically a comment about problems with competition and hybridization with non-native rainbow trout. While rainbows are native to the west coast of North America and Northeastern Asia they have miraculously managed to find their way into streams on every continent (expect Antarctica of course!). The question is what made people fall in love with the rainbow trout, while other trout species just got swept under the rug?

I recently had the pleasure of reading Andres Halverson's book An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How the Rainbow Trout Beguiled North America and Overran the World. This book dives in the history of the rainbow trout's spread and the mindset of the fisheries managers that deemed it in the public's best interest to spread this trout as far and wide as possible despite the negative implications on native populations of salmonids. The book comes full circle, starting by showing mind set that set the stage for the spread of this trout. During which time the rainbow trout came into favor as environmental degradation led to diminished native populations and the hardy was pumped into as many waters as possible in an effort to "improve on nature." However as the environmental movement began this management practices started to shift to first wild and then native trout. I would strongly recommend this book to any fisherman!

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