After whirling disease, new strain of trout gaining a foothold
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY, COLO. An electroshock fish count early Tuesday in the Blue River near Silverthorne yielded plump browns up to 15 inches long, along with a slew of sleek young rainbows ranging between about four and eight inches.
The rainbows are a hybrid of rainbows from the Colorado River and a whirling disease-resistant Hofer strain. They were stocked in the same reach of the Blue River — the Gold Medal catch and release waters just below Dillon Dam — as fry a couple of years ago and many have grown several inches to catchable size since then.
About halfway through the session, the catch was running about 50-50 browns and rainbows — a hopeful sign that rainbow trout could be establishing themselves along with the hungry browns. (more…)
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