Learn to celebrate the unlovely fish

By Ben Goldfarb

Westerners, we’ve got a problem. A trout problem. For decades, anglers have fetishized these silvery stream-dwellers, maniacally pursuing rainbows, browns and brookies to the neglect of other underwater life.

Every year, obliging fish managers pump America’s waterways full of millions of hatcheryborn trout, diluting gene pools and overwhelming native species. We fishermen consider ourselves enlightened stewards, but our trout myopia reveals our true self-centeredness. And let’s not even get started on bass.

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