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California's Thousand Island Lake

Posted on September 29 2007

In The New York Times, Bill Becher notes that getting to the places where golden trout thrive usually requires either strong legs or a good horse. “Describing golden trout — California’s official fresh-water fish — requires reference to the colors on a painter’s palette. The trouts’ bellies are brilliant cadmium yellow shading to orange, their midsections are marked with a slash of vermilion, and their backs are speckled with burnt-umber dots. Rainbow and brook trout also thrive at sea level, but golden trout are generally found in waters above 7,000 feet in the Sierra.”

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