Dreams are coming true on two Arkansas tailwaters almost daily.
Fishermen are catching big Bonneville cutthroat trout. They are beautiful, strong vibrant fish hatched from the stream beds of the Norfork and White Rivers from eggs harvested in Wyoming.
Perhaps they aren’t anything other than cutthroats to most of the anglers, but they are reasons to smile for those who participated in what many thought was a highly ambitious project five years ago on two of the famous Ozark tailwaters.
It’s a bona fide success story that needs a happy ending with some new regulations to offer protection for the next step, a possible spawn of truly wild fish.
I DON’T often get to see my friend Clay Henry excited, usually he’s fairly mellow with a dry sense of humor. But the last time he was in the shop he was hopping and skipping around, politely mind you, but needing a phone and some workspace.
I don’t get to see him in journalist mode, on a story which had him excited. I remember the feeling, our shared experiences in daily print is one of the things that brought Clay and I together. Well the above article is the reason and its worth the read, over the efforts of many people locally on the Bonneville Cutthroat.
He is probably editing this intro already, this story really isn’t about Clay or me, but the Bonneville Cutthroat Trout: just go read it..