OUTside Connection Column March 11, 2009

Cutthroat and disease topic’s focus

When the scourge of whirling disease hit Colorado fisheries in the early 1990s, what once was a world-class rainbow trout fishery disappeared faster than federal bailout money to General Motors.

However, drowned in the hew and cry over the lost rainbows was a similar threat to cutthroat trout, Colorado’s only native trout and one of the iconic fish of the West.

The fanfare and accolades have been fewer in the case of cutthroat trout but the research and diligence has been as intense as ever.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is widely recognized as one of, if not the, leader in the disease and other trout diseases, and 31-year DOW researcher Barry Nehring might be the best of the best.

WHO: Barry Nehring, Division of Wildlife aquatics researcher

WHAT: Whirling Disease and Wilderness: An Emerging Threat to Cutthroat Trout Recovery

WHEN: Grand Valley Anglers Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Federation of Fly Fishers, Tuesday, 6 p.m.

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


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