Saturday, November 28, 2009

Chris Hunt's book ... 20 percenf off!

For friends of Eat More Brook Trout, we're offering Chris Hunt's acclaimed book, "Shin Deep: A Fly Fisher's Love for Living Water," at a 20 percent discount. Simply go to and enter discount code YBXAJ7LD.

Smoked brook trout patte'

Thanksgiving is behind us, but a few holiday feasts remain, and there are still some great ways to put those smoked brookies from the summer's catch-and-kill adventures to good use. One of my favorite ways to used up smoked brookies is to put them in a fantastic patte' that goes great on chips and crackers, with a little sharp cheese.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Four cups chopped smoked brook trout--put it in a food processor and puree it for best results. Do your best to remove all the bones.
  • Three cups cream cheese, softened.
  • One teaspoon garlic powder
  • One-half teaspoon red pepper
  • One chopped yellow or purple onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Simply mix all the ingredients together in a food processor, and blend together nicely. You can shape the final product into a "cheese ball" and even coat it with good chopped smoked almonds, or you can simply put it in a bowl. The smoky flavor of the fish, combined with the garlic and onions is excellent, and the red pepper gives it a bit of a kick. Enjoy...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wild steelhead or a hatchery clone?

Moldy Chum, the popular fly fishing website, is seeking input from Washington state steelhead anglers, asking fly fishers how much they value wild fish vs. the hatchery steelhead now diluting the waters of the Northwest.

The state has placed a priority on managing for wild steelhead over the hatchery clones that, sadly, make up the bulk of the steelhead catch in the Northwest these days. Most steelhead anglers love to catch any fish, but the chance to catch a wild fish is what keeps a lot of die-hard steelheaders going.

Add in the problems hatchery fish cause to wild populations (undue competition, lack of genetic diversity, increased likelihood of disease) and it makes perfect sense for the state to manage its ocean-going runs for wild fish.

Take the poll at --the results will be shared with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Strengthening wild fish--wherever they swim--should be a priority for all fish and game management agencies.