Bull Trout

Written by Cameron Larsen

The Bull Trout is indigenous to Western North America. Once hailed asrepparttar greatest of all Salmonids, it began a quick decline inrepparttar 140982 1930's. Early naturalists had this to say aboutrepparttar 140983 fish: Bull Trout are by farrepparttar 140984 most active and handsome ofrepparttar 140985 trout, they live inrepparttar 140986 coldest, cleanest and most secluded waters. No higher praise can be given to a Salmonid than to say, it is a charr(sic). Indeed they are an aggressive and worthy game fish. And because of their desire forrepparttar 140987 coldest and cleanest water, they are a great indicator species. A whole watershed's health can be measured by its indigenous population of bull trout.

Once common in Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon, as well as Alberta and British Columbia, it has now declined so much as to be put onrepparttar 140988 endangered species list. Of course human degradation ofrepparttar 140989 environment is much to be blame. But at least as big a factor is introduced species. The Bull Trout was considered an enemy ofrepparttar 140990 Rainbow Trout, because of their predatory nature, so as Rainbows were introduced, catching and keeping of Bull Trout has been encouraged.

The Bull Trout can be highly mobile, often migrating back to lakes that formrepparttar 140991 headwaters of streams, or even into different streams altogether. Coastal streams will have populations that migrate torepparttar 140992 ocean and then back. Often times inrepparttar 140993 same stream will be stationary and migratory Bull Trout. This migratory ability has undoubtedly aidedrepparttar 140994 diversity and therebyrepparttar 140995 prosperity ofrepparttar 140996 species.

Besides their beauty and fighting abilities. Bull Trout are also known for their size. River Bull Trout can reach 4 pounds, while lake dwellers have been caught up to 20 pounds. Perhapsrepparttar 140997 saddest part of their recent history is that sportsmen's desires for other fish, andrepparttar 140998 official biologists agreeing with this desire has directly resulted in their perilous status today. It seems we do a better job today of recognizing entire eco-systems and appreciating them for what they are. But once we begin to trigger some species as desirable and others as not, we are playing with a kind of fire that can burn us for generations. Native species exist where they exist for a reason, and we cannot wily nily go deciding we prefer other species to live there instead.

Short Bio of Lee Wulff

Written by Cameron Larsen

For those of us who sometimes think about fly fishing beyond catching fish, Lee Wulff is no stranger. By all accounts Lee Wulff was accomplished at whatever he set his sights on. When I read about Lee Wulff, I am reminded of how life should be lived, fully. An artist trained in Paris, he was renowned for his meticulous attention to detail and amazing finger dexterity. Those of us who fly fish owe a great deal to this man, and we are lucky that he chose fly fishing as one of his passions.

Undoubtedly Wulff is most well known for his Wulff series of flies. The classic harwing series all started withrepparttar Royal Wulff, he adapted fromrepparttar 140981 Royal Coachman. Wulff also inventedrepparttar 140982 White Wulff and Gray Wulff, and as most us now know there is a whole series of Wulff patterns. The great thing about classics isrepparttar 140983 imitations they spawn.

As great asrepparttar 140984 Wulff series is, we should probably be more thankful for his inspiration of catch and release. In 1936 Wulff was quoted as saying, "game fish are too valuable to be only caught once." And thus catch and release was born. Not fond of hatchery fish, Wulff knew that native fisheries could not be duplicated in concrete vats. Wulff pioneered through conservation groups, and his writingsrepparttar 140985 idea, that we are all responsible forrepparttar 140986 future of fisheries. A concept that took sometime to catch on worldwide, and something we as fly fisherman are never done being concerned with.

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