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Bull Trout fry require extremely cold water to survive, because of this their satisfactory water for spawning beds are minimal. Which further complicates their recovery rate. Luckily biologists throughout their entire range are attempting to protect valued spawning beds, and awareness of them are being raised. The wonderful thing about nature is she seems to be awfully forgiving about sins of past.
With constant vigilance Bull Trout species will survive, thriving however remains questionable. Already gone in California, those of us fortunate enough to live near waters in their natural range would do well to see what programs exist to further enhance their survival. And extra fortunate might even live near a healthy population, where can go drift a Muddler Minnow in front of a hungry specimen and see, touch and photograph one close up.
Cameron Larsen is a retired commericial fly tier and fly fishing guide. He now operates The Big Y Fly Company. http://www.bigyflyco.com/flyfishinghome.html He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. This article will appear in the Big Y Fly Fishing E-Zine at Http://www.bigyflyco.com/Bigyflyfishingezine.html