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Midges In The Snow
Death Of A Spring Creek
12 Pound Rainbows In The Shadow Of Glaciers
Destination England
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Death Of A Spring Creek

Bob Kloskowski

I had the chance to fish a small spring creek in Southwest Montana yesterday with a friend. This little spring creek is located at 6100 feet elevation in a beautiful meadow setting that supports a very good population of moose. The creek is (was) home to a wild population of brook trout and grayling.
In an effort to protect the fragile population of native grayling the state of Montana has a liberal daily limit (20) on the number of brook trout allowed to be taken in this drainage.
Two years ago, when I was first introduced to this wonderful piece of water, it was possible to catch and release perhaps twenty beautiful brook trout that ranged to almost 20 inches. A truely trophy fishery that was no more than fifteen feet in width but remained free of snow and ice through the cold -30F Montana winters.
Yesterday as I walked along it's banks, I scanned the creek for signs of those beautiful brook trout but alas there were none. Gone is the genetic stock of large brookie breeders. Gone are their beautiful autumn spawning colors. Gone is the smile from my face as I ponder their fate. How anyone can decimate an entire population for their table or wall is beyond my comprehension.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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