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Greenback Cutthroat Trout Oncorhynchus clarki stomias Adopted: March 16, 1994


Colorado Revised Statutes. Colorado General Assembly. 2009. 20 February 2009
Sanko, John. Trout bill more than mere game. Rocky Mountain News, March 16, 1994.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.

Additional Information

State Fish: Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration.

Greenback Cutthroat Trout: Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Greenback Cutthroat Trout: Brief description for the Colorado Department of Education.

Greenback cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki stomias): U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Environmental Conservation Online Service.

Oncorhynchus clarkii stomias (Cope, 1871): Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Here you will find authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.

Oncorhynchus clarki stomias: CalPhoto photographs. The Biodiversity Sciences Technology group (BSCIT), a part of the Berkeley Natural History Museums at the University of California, Berkeley.

Greenback Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarki stomias): 2004 Western Native Trout Status review from the Western Native Trout Initiative.

State Fish: Complete list of official state Fish.

More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Colorado state symbols.

Flyfisher's Guide to Colorado
Flyfisher's Guide to Colorado
by Marty Bartholomew

Flyfisher's Guide to Colorado, by Marty Bartholomew. 590 pages. Wilderness Adventures Press, Inc.; 3rd edition (April 28, 2008) Covers all of the rivers and lakes of this great fishing state; each river in detail with how to fish the water, the best times, a list of go-to flies, hatch charts, and the best times to fish each water. All of the major waters are covered as well as creeks, lakes and reservoirs. There is travel information for all of the destinations, listing fly shops, sporting good stores, accommodations, restaurants, campgrounds, car repair, airports and more. Marty also lists his top ten flies for fishing Colorado. River and lake maps showing access, boat ramps, river miles, campsites, roads, and public lands.

Fly-Fishing Western Trout Streams, by Jim McLennan. 160 pages. Stackpole Books; 1 edition (February 2003) Author Jim McLennan takes readers out on the water to show in detail how best to fish trout streams in the West from Canada to Mexico. The lessons come directly from McLennan's experiences on the water. Covers tactics for dry fly fishing as well as fishing from a drift boat.

Fly Fishing Colorado, by Jackson Streit. 104 pages. California Bill's Automotive Handbooks; 2nd edition (April 1, 2004) This guide gives you a quick, clear understanding of the essential information you'll need to fly fish Colorado's most outstanding waters. You will not waste time. In a few moments, you will know where to go and how to fly fish. Take this guide along for ready reference, or use this book to plan your Colorado fly fishing trip.

Colorado's Greenback Cutthroat Trout: A Fisherman's Guide, by Jim Rubingh, Richard Fritz. 132 pages. Frank Amato Pubns (February 2009)

Kip Carey's Official Colorado Fishing Guide, by Kip Carey. 416 pages. Kip Carey Pubns; 2nd edition (March 26, 2003) Kip Carey's Official Colorado Fishing Guide continues to be the most complete and comprehensive angling guide for Colorado available with descriptions for over 3,000 reservoirs, lakes, ponds, creeks, and rivers - in other words the whole state of Colorado is contained in this handy guide.

Trout and Salmon of North America
Trout and Salmon of North America
by Robert J. Behnke

Trout and Salmon of North America, by Robert J. Behnke. 384 pages. Free Press (September 24, 2002) Behnke, professor emeritus of fishery and wildlife biology at Colorado State University, has brought his more than 50 years of studying, and fishing for salmon and trout, to wonderful effect. He provides readers with an authoritative compendium of the evolution, biology, ecology, habitats and behaviors of these prized game fish. A capsule legend that includes scientific name, other common names, habitat, size, life span and diet accompanies each entry, amazingly illustrated by Tomelleri, whose fish seem to shimmer on the pages. Habitat maps, which include coastal waters, rivers, streams and lakes, are detailed and specific enough to be taken on fishing excursions. The book includes a good deal of fishing lore, as in the notations that describe the best flies, bait and lures for specific types of fish and locales.

Native Trout of Western North America , by Robert J. Behnke. 275 pages. American Fisheries Society (December 1992) This book results from almost four decades of research and practical experience with this group of fishes. This work addresses the evolution, taxonomy, and present distributions of members of this group of fishes (cutthroat, rainbow, Gila, and related indigenous trout of the West), and proposes a conservation philosophy to sustain them.

About Trout: The Best of Robert Behnke from Trout Magazine, by Robert J. Behnke. 272 pages. The Lyons Press (September 1, 2007) Behnke brings scientific expertise, a sense of humor and a flair for drama to this collection of 43 essays previously published as his About Trout column in conservation organization Trout Unlimited's Trout magazine. Behnke considers the evolution, historic and current distribution, biological characteristics and defining physical traits of various species of trout and salmon-from the common brown trout and well-known Atlantic salmon to the rare Apache trout and the once-presumed extinct, now-endangered Alvord cutthroat trout.

Trout Rigs & Methods
Trout Rigs & Methods
by Dave Hughes

Trout, by Ray Bergman. 576 pages. The Derrydale Press (October 25, 2000) Trout is arguably the finest single volume ever produced on how, why, and where to catch trout. In spite of being originally published in 1938 (Penn Publishing Company), it remains utterly relevant.

Trout Rigs & Methods, by Dave Hughes. 322 pages. Stackpole Books (January 10, 2007) Clear and simple instruction and explanation describes 18 trout rigs and 81 methods to fish them. In moving water: rigs and methods for dry flies and emergers, nymphs, wet flies, streamers, and dry flies and droppers. In stillwater: dry flies and sunk flies.Fly fishers learn the specifics of the rig--types of fly line, lengths and tapers of leader and tippet, the flies, and split shot, putty weight, strike indicators, droppers, point flies, and indicators--and the full array of methods to present the rig to the trout.

Essential Trout Flies, by Dave Hughes. 92 pages. Stackpole Books (April 2000) A core list of flies that will catch trout anywhere, in every season, this collection includes the most important patterns in a wide range of styles, from dry flies to streamers. The tying steps for each pattern are illustrated in step-by-step photos with detailed captions, followed by photos and recipes for the six most useful variations-217 patterns in all. Each chapter features a description of the insect the pattern imitates as well as expert information on how and when to fish the fly.

Rivers of Restoration: Trout Unlimited's First 50 Years of Conservation, by John Ross. 192 pages. Skyhorse Publishing (September 8, 2008) For fifty years, the volunteers of Trout Unlimited have strived to restore, sustain, and preserve the nation's trout and salmon waters. Weaving together human and natural histories, Ross tells the stories of twenty watersheds where Trout Unlimited has labored to save rivers damaged by human shortsightedness.

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