Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Learn about Idaho’s 7 trout species

Trout Unlimited hosts presentation on the state’s species


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Skooter Gardiner, a fly-fishing guide for Silver Creek Outfitters, shows off an 18-pound lake trout he caught with a fly rod in an undisclosed lake in northern Idaho. Gardiner will discuss the seven species of trout that inhabit Idaho’s waters at the next monthly meeting of the Hemingway Chapter of Trout Unlimited. The meeting, free and open to the public, is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the Roosevelt Grille in Ketchum. Courtesy photo

There are seven species of trout that inhabit Idaho's lakes, reservoirs, rivers and streams, but fishing expert Skooter Gardiner says only two of them—bull and cutthroat—are native to the state's waters. The others—rainbow, brown, golden, brook and lake—got here with man's help.

But regardless of their origins, anglers like to go after them anyway.

Gardiner, a fly-fishing guide for Silver Creek Outfitters, will talk about Idaho's seven species of trout at the next monthly meeting of the Hemingway Chapter of Trout Unlimited, scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the Roosevelt Grille in Ketchum. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Rainbow, one of the more aggressive species, is the most common trout found in the Wood River Valley, but anglers can also catch browns, brookies and cutthroats.

Gardiner, a Sun Valley native who has been guiding fishing expeditions since the age of 18, has traveled the world with a fly rod, but Trout Unlimited reported that he "still believes the Wood River Valley is one of the best places on earth."

Trout Unlimited promises that Gardiner's presentation, for the expert, novice and non-fisherman alike, will be both educational and entertaining.

"You are guaranteed to learn something new about the trout that live in our local waters," Trout Unlimited states.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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