OUT: Outside Connection February 11, 2009

There are trout, and then there are Gunnison River rainbow trout.

A bit rare in the past 15 years or so due to the effects of whirling disease, the much-loved and sorely missed Gunnison River rainbows apparently are making a comeback thanks to a genetic contribution from a distant cousin found a decade ago in Germany.

Anglers on the Gunnison River above the Plearsure Park recently have reported catching offspring of the Gunnison/Hofer hybrid, which makes a lot of anglers have hope the future is bright for Colorado’s best-loved river fish.

That future will be explained Tuesday by Dan Kowalski, aquatics biologist for the Colorado Division of Wildlife, who is leading the effort to restore one of the West’s iconic fish.

WHAT: Monthly meeting of the Grand Valley Anglers Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Federation of Fly Fishers

WHERE: Piñon Grill, Tiara Rado Golf Club, 2057 So. Broadway.

WHEN: Starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

WHO: Dan Kowalski, aquatics biologist, Colorado Division of Wildlife, explaining recent findings in his efforts to recover the Gunnison River rainbow. 

CONTACT: Pat Oglesby, 434-3912.


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