The extreme battle for survival that the native cutthroat trout of the west have had to endure in order to perpetuate their species from generation to generation; from pluvial times of millennia ago, to searing parched drought conditions of today’s western desert, have been recounted in previous posts; with what was deemed to be a reasonably complete picture of the strife and the struggle that these trout endure on a perpetual basis. Continue reading
OK, most (or at least many) wouldn’t consider a remote tiny creek basin in the SE Oregon Desert to be paradise, or anything close to it ( in fact, perhaps the exact opposite . . . ) but the reality is, that to some of us, there are aspects to this region and basin that do qualify this area for “paradise status.”
One plus is the fact that an individual could hike and fish, all day, and not see another fisherman — or, another human being for that matter (from dawn to dusk, or all night, or all the next day . . . etc.) Continue reading
It is with notable sadness that this post is composed, to acknowledge that Dr. Robert Behnke died the evening of September 13th. His funeral service was September 21st, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, in Ft. Collins, CO.
As usual, for this time of year — we’ve lived the habit of “building the evenings a little bit too close to the mornings.” Between berries, fruit and cherries to pick and dry, summer fish to smoke, and a plethora of jungle to thin in the back yard — it just seems that there are more things to get done, than there is time to get them done . . .
Good news is that we’ve heard that there are eyed out eggs and smolt from a fledgling pair of trout bearing the phenotype of the Alvord cutthroat; the adults taken from Guano Creek and spawned in a hatchery facility here in SE Oregon! Continue reading
This could be the best tasting “crow” that I’ve ever had to eat!
I’m told that such a heading is a bit strong — that I really don’t have any “crow” to eat. But it may be that if I ever deserved to eat crow then perhaps this would be the time. (Such assessment based on many of the disheartened, doubtful comments that I have made over the years — when it seemed that nothing would be done for the remnant of phenotypical Alvord cutthroat trout still expressing themselves in Guano Creek.) Continue reading