Monthly Archives: March 2010

Invasive Rainbows on the Radar

Wild Kamloops Rainbow with Parr Marks
This morning I visited the Odyssey School in Stevenson, where I checked in on the fast growing Kamloops strain rainbows, showed the class lots of insects and a sample of Didymo, and generally talked about water quality and what Brookies, Rainbows and Browns need in order to live. On the way back to the shop I caught the last hour of the Diane Reihm show. Anders Halverson, Journalist and author of the book “An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World” was being interviewed along with guests, Curtis Milliron, a Senior Biologist and Specialist with the California Dept. of Fish and Game and Gerald Smith, Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan and Curator Emeritus of Fishes for the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology.

The show’s description, “An Environmental Outlook on the unintended consequences of stocking the nation’s inland waters with hatchery-bred fish and a look at the invasive species threatening the Great Lakes” got my attention.

Let’s just say it’s worth a listen, lots of talk about native fish, rotenone, and recreational angling and trout management, but I must warn you that it may change the way you regard rainbow trout-at least East of the Cascades.

Caddisfly Bandages on the Way

Thanks to Meredith for the quick note and link!

Theaux,
Greetings! I hope that you are well. My father forwarded this article to me and asked me to send it to you. It’s about some researchers who recently made a very cool discovery about caddis fly larvae.

Meredith Winks

Some compelling words from the article from laboratoryequipment.com titled;
Fly Glue Creates Bioadhesive:

Like silkworm moths, butterflies and spiders, caddisfly larvae spin silk, but they do so underwater instead on dry land. Now, University of Utah researchers have discovered why the fly’s silk is sticky when wet and how that may make it valuable as an adhesive tape during surgery.

Advanced Fly Tying: Cripple and Emerger Patterns

Fly Fishing Maryland? Please join us for an Advanced Fly Tying Class on Saturday, March 13, 2010 from 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM. The class focuses on Cripple and Emerger Patterns. Our very own Gunpowder river guides will be teaching this challenging advanced class. Cost of the class is $45 per person, and includes the use of materials. Please bring your own tools.The class is limited to six and pre-payment is required. Please give us a call at 410-329-6821 or drop us a line at info@backwaterangler.com to register.

Intermediate Fly Tying: Stonefly Life Cycle

Fly Fishing Maryland? Please join us for an Intermediate Fly Tying Class on Saturday, March 6, 2010 from 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM. The class focuses on Gunpowder River Stonefly Patterns. Our very own Gunpowder river guides will be teaching this fun-filled Intermediate class. Cost of the class is $45 per person, and includes the use of materials. Please bring your own tools.The class is limited to six and pre-payment is required. Please give us a call at 410-329-6821 or drop us a line at info@backwaterangler.com to register.