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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

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

5 Years in review

For the last five years, this blog has remained inactive due to a variety of reasons. During this period my wife and I started a family, I completed graduate school, started a new job and moved twice. Needless to say this has not left a lot of free time to pursue native trout. However, that does not mean that I have not made any outings over the last few years. As I made a one trip to the Rocky Mountains and two to Alaska, as well as a number of trips around Washington State. Given the long gap in activity, I may do some back posts to fill in the blanks for the last few years, but a few highlights are shown below.

I Wrapped up my thesis looking at steelhead and rainbow trout interactions on the Olympic Peninsula, with a particular focus on food-web dynamics in above and below barrier populations.

A rainbow trout diet sample from my Master's thesis work - it ate ~800 salmon eggs.

In 2015 I did a trip through the Northern Rockies to Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and was able to get a little fishing in along the way.
A Yellowstone cutthroat from a 2015 trip Yellowstone National Park
 A beaver on a lake in Teton National Park
A Snake River Finespotted Cutthroat from the lake

In 2015 I also managed to make a trip to the Kenai Peninsula and got some fishing for rainbow trout and Dolly Varden.
 A Large Dolly Varden from the Kenai River.
Fishing the Kenai Peninsula
A sea-run Dolly Varden from the Kenai Peninsula

In 2018 I did another trip to Alaska with my sister, my niece and nephew and my daughter and tried a couple lakes from Taranets Char (Salvelinus alpinus taranetzi) unsuccessfully due to not being able to get through stocked rainbow trout to the char. However, I did have luck for rainbows and dollies on the Kenai once again.
 A Taranets Char Lake
Fishing with my daughter

I have started to update the website once again with more up to date information on native trout and salmon species and new pictures that I have available. Additionally, I also just completed a trip through Oregon, Nevada and California for White River Redband trout, John Day River Westslope cutthroat, Willow-Whitehorse Basin cutthroat, Eagle Lake Rainbow trout and McCloud River Redbands and will be adding details about the trip in the near future.



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