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Blue Dot 227: ALL ABOUT TROUT: Cold Water Species Are A "Canary In The Coal Mine"

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Millions of people enjoy spending summer months fishing for various trout species, with the rainbow being perhaps the most popular. But in this episode, we point out that trout are also an important indicator species for the health of a cold freshwater ecosystem.

Dave talks to Curis Knight from CalTrout about that organization's 50 years of work restoring trout habitat and using science-based policy to ensure that our fisheries remain viable. Then he visits Chrysten Rivard, the director of Trout Unlimited in Oregon, to talk about how drought and wildfire are affecting trout in that part of the west.

Finally, we take some of the mystique out and put some fun into the art and science of angling known as fly fishing. Dave visits with Bryan Quick, the Director of Outfitters for The Fly Shop in Redding, California.

Redding is at the heart of some of the finest fly-fishing waters in the world with massive rainbows cruising literally through downtown Redding in the lower Sacramento River.

Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.