View Full Version : Trout Article in the Smithsonian

09-16-2007, 11:04 AM
Here's a nice article on trout from the August issue of the Smithsonian magazine:


It has some interesting info on how non-native trout got where they are and how they are being managed today.

09-16-2007, 04:31 PM
that was a good article

09-16-2007, 04:36 PM
Great read Doc! A lot of info there that I had never read.



Captain Compassion
09-16-2007, 05:11 PM
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled trout yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming waters.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I cast my rod beside the golden shore.

(apologies to Emma Lazarus)


09-16-2007, 06:46 PM
Thanks Doc for the interesting read. Speaking of which, any word on the re-introduction of Cutts in Fallen leaf? Any chance they nuke it a la Davis and start over. Is there any effective way to get rid of mysis shrimp?

09-16-2007, 06:58 PM
No, No, and No. ;)

I may stop by the university this week and maybe I won't. 8-)

09-16-2007, 08:22 PM
Thats a great article.


09-16-2007, 08:33 PM
No, No, and No. ;)

I may stop by the university this week and maybe I won't. 8-)

So let's see, you went to AK for a few months and we got a "few reports" and pic's, one of which was of Spinfisher about to become Bear chow, with a side of shrooms http://www.fishsniffer.com/forumsyabb2006/Templates/Forum/default/rolleyes.gif The mystery fish at Del Valle has not been ID'd! No book on pyramid fishing has been published to date! Mickey is still w/out internet access. So just what exactly are you doing over there, besides eating at the Casino Buffets?! http://www.fishsniffer.com/forumsyabb2006/Templates/Forum/default/grin.gif http://www.fishsniffer.com/forumsyabb2006/Templates/Forum/default/rolleyes.gif Idle hands are the tool of the devil! http://www.fishsniffer.com/forumsyabb2006/Templates/Forum/default/huh.gif As a lifelong student, I hope your retirement gets booring soon! And I get back to learning good fishing info/insights soon, while you enjoy your much deserved retirement!

09-16-2007, 09:17 PM
Wow Doc these guys are putting a lot pressure on you but I think you are up to the challenge. [smiley=worthy.gif]

Mackattack [smiley=doc.gif]

09-16-2007, 10:07 PM
No, No, and No. ;)

I may stop by the university this week and maybe I won't. 8-)

Doc, your sounding more like a retiree every day. Welcome to the club. [smiley=cheers.gif]

09-17-2007, 05:32 AM
It was a very informative article Doc. Thanks.

09-17-2007, 11:29 AM
drstressor - Thank you for the reference to the Smithsonian article. It brings up some interesting issues that fish management folks are struggling with across the country.

It also discusses some of the history of the brown trout in America, and, at the risk of being controversial, brings to mind something that has been a burr under my saddle for a long time. That is the idea (created, in my opinion, by fly fishermen/writers during much of the last century) that the brown trout, which was pretty much reviled when it first arrived here, was in fact a more intelligent, more worthy trout than the native species because it was harder to catch. Since there is no actual evidence that brown trout are any more intelligent than any of their relatives (they just have different feeding habits), this idea was really being perpetuated (again in my opinion) by guys who wanted to believe they were more intelligent than other fishermen because they pursued and caught brown trout.

I am not trying to pick a fight with fly fishermen or brown trout enthusiasts. I have enjoyed fly tying, fly fishing, and brown trout for more than 40 years. But I do feel that some of these old ideas caused some harm to trout fishing in general and to some trout fisheries in particular over the years. Now a lot of work is being done to restore species to some of their original habitats, and I applaud and support that effort, but that does not mean that I want to see the brown trout poisoned out of the State of Montana.