Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Golden Trout Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita
These little creatures might be the reason that catch and release became a way of life for trout fishers. Originally found in the high elevation waters of the Kern Plateau in southern Nevada and eventually transplanted to numerous high country lakes, the Golden Trout is a beauty to behold. Many years ago we fished for them in the Beartooth Wilderness out of Cooke City, Montana. A jewel of a lake named Star had a decent population, but as I recall, we were skunked. Just as well...we’d have probably cooked them for dinner.
The pen and ink version of this was done a couple of years ago as one of my very first P&I efforts. It seemed a shame for him not to be seen in his full glory, so over the weekend I dressed him appropriately. For the black and white version follow the link http://www.clearwatermemories.com/pen_ink_full/6.html