January 4, 2005 |
Because I IMAGINE that my friend the stand-up comic has an evolved sense of humor, I take Chris Kuhn into fire-devastated Azusa Canyon. Despite the sobering presence of burned-out cabins, it's easy to forget that two seasons ago the flow among some pools of the West Fork of the San Gabriel River completely ceased, that the Curve Fire raced the length of the North Fork to Crystal Lake and beyond.
April 25, 2004 |
Beneath a spectacular blue sky and with towering snow-covered peaks as a backdrop, more than 10,000 fishermen celebrated the beginning of another trout-fishing season Saturday with only one real concern: sunburn. It was one of the warmest openers in years, with virtually no wind from Bishop to Bridgeport and late-morning temperatures creeping into the high 60s. For many, it was one of the hottest openers in another regard.
June 16, 2002 |
It all appears so wild and true. The water is big and cold and clear. The fish are the color of vacation sunsets. You can see them, shouldering into the current, ready, able and wily. It's all a trick. The lovely ecosystem at Lees Ferry, Ariz., is about as phony as the jungle ride at Disneyland. But what do I care? I want to go fishing. I had heard about this spot for years, the stretch of river in the Grand Canyon where you can stalk rainbow trout with a fly rod.
December 21, 2001 |
The deal went down in the dark of night, beneath a grove of tall trees rustling in the wind, along the shore of a jet-black lake twinkling faintly with reflected starlight. Rick Mendoza had the check, made in the sum of $12,500. Dennis Blackburn had the goods: 5,000 pounds of big, beautiful rainbow trout, trucked in from the wild rolling hills of Bicknell, Utah.
October 1, 2001 |
Crews from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are using a toxic antibiotic to kill off nonnative rainbow trout and make room for the native brook trout in a mountain stream along the North Carolina-Tennessee border near the Newfound Gap. Workers have been moving brook trout--the only trout species native to the Smokies--from the two-mile stretch of creek they plan to treat. The fish will be returned after the antibiotic antimycin kills off the rainbow trout.
January 19, 2001 |
Tanner Shiedow stood on the shore, a proud little boy filling his palms with one of the most gorgeous fish he had ever seen, a full-bodied rainbow flush with color and beautifully spotted from head to tail. Then he dropped what he was doing, raced up the bank and engaged in a full-blown honking match with some of the largest and boldest geese anyone has ever seen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2000 |
An unusual coalition of interests announced Monday that they are banding together to press for greater protections for steelhead trout, which are fast disappearing from Southern California mountain streams. Calling the fish a wild symbol and indicator of ecosystem health, representatives of the Southern California Steelhead Recovery Coalition met in Los Angeles to raise awareness of the plight of the fish and urge government action to save it. "The Southern California steelhead holds the genetic key to all steelhead populations on the Pacific Coast," Michael Pottorff of San Diego Trout said.
December 26, 1999 |
Under the law of the Old West, the lower Wood River was little more than a broad drainage ditch carrying off water from marshland diked to become pasture for cattle. Unable to resolve the local water demands of agriculture as well as endangered fish and wildlife, the law of the Old West is dying in the Klamath Basin. And as it dies the Wood River is finding new life as a fitting home to the biggest wild rainbow trout in the Lower 48.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1998
Re "Genetics May Save Trout from Extinction," Nov. 30. Statements in this article prompt the following comments: The genetic diversity discussion of Southern California steelhead trout is largely conjecture, as readers will note from the liberal use of words such as "may," "perhaps," "probably" and "could mean." As to the silt-choked Rindge Dam blocking steelhead migration upstream, this is true for only a few hundred yards as natural waterfalls blocked migration to the upper Malibu Creek watershed.