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The Hook & Hackle Company encourages support of those "Wounded Warriors" who have suffered physical and/or emotional injury as a result of their service to our great country.

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Rose River Farm, Virginia's finest private water trout fishing experience, has just gotten even better. Now in addition to over a mile of private water managed for Trophy Trout (all strictly on the fly and catch and release) they have added luxury rental cabins. As an introductory special ....

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The Hook & Hackle Company highly endorses this fine bonefish, tarpon & permit fishing destination. Our recent visit there exceeded our expectations many times over.

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Nora's colorful artwork just blow's me away! Best known for her watercolors, Nora has spent time painting on location all over the U.S.

 

I recently purchased a couple of prints from her Rich Pool Series which have become instant favorites!

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From time to time, we will feature different folks who are making a difference to fly fishing, conservation, outdoor art, helping others & so on. We welcome your suggestions for this column.


Peter C. Thompson, artist, writer, fly fisher & conservationist is our current feature.

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Wilderness North – Ontario Canada’s Premier Fly-in Adventure Provider!

Deep in the heart of the Northern Ontario wilderness lies an oasis for outdoor enthusiasts and anglers seeking a definitive Canadian adventure. Accessible only by floatplane, Wilderness North offers a haven for those who want to reconnect with nature.

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Golden Trout, May 2011, Fish of the Month!

Golden Trout

Oncorhynchus aguabonita

Local Names:

Golden Trout

Average Size:

8 to 15 inches

½ to 1 pound

Distinguishing Field Marks:

Color and color pattern are reliable distinguishing field marks for this species. (See the illustration.)

North American Range:

Map to the right shows approximate range in North America.

Diet:

The diet of both juvenal and adult Golden trout is almost entirely immature and adult aquatic insects. This is supplemented by small forage fishes where and when they are available.

Fly Fishing for Golden Trout:

Even from where I sit at this computer, surrounded by un-fishably high central New York rivers and streams (for those of you who know New York’s Salmon River, it’s running at 4000 cfs.) I can sense a sigh of relief from those of you who are following this column that this month we’re focusing on an actual TROUT. But, before you get too excited, remember that, for pretty much all of us, the Golden trout is not to be found in our back yards. In fact, much of the allure of this spectacularly beautiful American original is the trekking to and from its remote high altitude habitats. These waters are nearly all above “timberline.” These ponds, small lakes, and streams provide the Golden trout a high degree of natural habitat protection which is a good thing as these alpine eco-systems are quite fragile and easily disturbed. Choice of transportation modes for accessing Golden trout are; 1. horseback, 2. hiking on foot, 3. mountain biking……take your pick. If you think of yourself as a “couch potato,” you should probably leave the Golden trout fishing to others.

O.K., you got it together to get up the chosen hill to the chosen Golden trout water. If you brought anything heavier than a 5 weight outfit, you’re over-gunned. Think “fragile habitat,” light approach. This goes for spinning as well as fly fishing. Fly fishers have been given a new lease on life for pack-in/pack-out expeditions with the continuing development of VERY user-friendly 4 (or even more) piece fly rods that, when broken down, can be very easily stored for travel and, when re-assembled, cast like standard two piece rods.

What flies? Well, anyone who has a well-stocked arsenal of standard American trout flies, especially midges, dries, and nymphs, has the basis for successful golden trout fly fishing. Beyond that, each water where Goldens are found will have its fly selection idiosyncrasies. The only way to figure these out is to “be there.” Keep in mind that these fish can be quite fussy; come “on the take,” then “go off the take.” Patience and perseverance will be necessary for successful Golden trout fishing…….But, look at it this way; between “bites” take a camera break, or a do nothing R & R break, after all, you’ve done some pretty serious altitude ascending into what are arguably some of the most beautiful places on earth. Don’t let a 10 inch Golden trout’s refusal to bend your rod spoil your outing. And, ALWAYS remember, “Carry it in, carry it out.” Leave no trace…….