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Wī(-ə)ld ….

“To live or grow independently of people, in natural conditions and with natural characteristics”(Cambridge Dictionary). The wild brown trout represents one of nature’s most resilient and adaptable species. Give them clean, cold water and they will most likely find a way to take root and establish themselves. I’ve spent a good bit of time in the past few years fishing river and stream systems that are considered “marginal” habitat by most standards and have been amazed at what is happening there in places that aren’t “managed” for trout or even viewed as trout water. Here in Pennsylvania it’s hard to find a stream or river that hasn’t been compromised or impacted by the activity of man. Some of those have been severely polluted by industry, resource extraction or agriculture in years past but are recovering at an amazing pace in recent years. Thank goodness for the protections afforded by the Clean Water Act of 1972, game changing legislation that set the stage for this kind of recovery potential. Pictured this week is an example of the genetic perfection of a wild brown trout and its potential when given a chance and allowed to do what nature does better than any efforts of man. This example was captured a week ago in a river that was severely polluted by industry and municipal sewage for well over 100 years and is now in recovery. Give them clean, cold water and they have everything they need do the rest. Till next week ….. www.ramsayflies.com #ItsAboutTheFish #PAWildTrout


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