What do Brook Trout mean to you?
I almost choked the first time I saw Chris Hunt’s site, “Eat More Brook Trout.” That’s not a critique. I totally understand that, in some places, brook trout are an invasive species threatening native fish. Too many anglers don’t appreciate that here in the south the brookie is our only native trout.
The callus tone taken with these beautiful fish rings pretty sharp in the ears of those of us who love them and appreciate their place in our natural legacy. The Southern Appalachian Brook Trout is as rare and important a fish as Colorado’s Green Backs or the Yellowstone Cutthroat, and in need of just as much help.
This short film by Freshwaters Illustrated and the National Park Service is as educational as it is beautiful. Some remarkable footage of spawning Brook trout in some of the most beautiful places in the south. It was shot in Tennessee but every word is just as true for Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
Take a minute and get to know a very special fish.