RAINBOW TROUT GALORE
That was the title to the first outdoor article I ever wrote. It was a play on words lifted from the risqué name of the “Bond Girl” in a ’60-ish James Bond movie. The Galore part came from the number of trout, large and small, that were originally stocked for the first time in the cold water of the Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam. Some were 14-inches long. My first one tail-danced all the way to the net!
Few, if any of us, realized that day in 1966 when the first stocking took place that it was the beginning of a new era of fishing in Texas. Trout galore have been stocked in Texas waters all over the state since then. Millions of rainbow and brown trout have been placed. In the mid-sixties, Canyon Dam had been completed, and released water was extremely cold. Fisheries biologists with Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. (TPWD) realized that the Guadalupe River fishery below the dam would be changed by the cold water and began considering a species that could tolerate the colder temperature. Trout seemed a good possibility. The TPW Commission approved the experiment, and with help from Lone Star Brewing Company which had leftover trout each year from fishing tanks at boat shows, began the stocking.
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