My buddy Matthew Reilly had the chance recently to wander in the remote Beartooths along the Montana-Wyoming border in search of golden trout. Native to the California Sierra, these rare cousins of rainbows and cutthroats occupy a few lakes in the high country just east of Yellowstone National Park, and, while they don’t necessarily get very big, they are willing fly rod targets, as Matt attests in this story from Hatch Magazine.
Goldens are prized wherever they swim–they are stunning fish. In their native range, they’re quite rare, given the propensity of early prospectors and pioneers to crave trout from the very waters they mined or trapped. Their native range in the Sierra is largely protected today, which is a good thing. And in the high lakes across the Rockies, where they’ve been selectively stocked for years, the fish now offer a unique fishing opporunity for backcountry anglers.
Here’s what else is happening in the fishing world today:
- Author and fly fishing writer Jason Randall has joined the national advisory staff of Temple Fork Outfitters.
- Spencer Durrant reviews Korker’s new wading boots.
- Fly fishing for panfish in the fall using yellow-jacket flies.
- As summer winds down in the northern hemisphere, fishing warms up with a prolific mayfly hatch on New Zealand’s South Island.
And, finally, your moment of fly fishing Zen from Rio Marie in Brazil: