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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Blue (Red / White ?) Ribbon Trout Streams

fly fish Idaho; flies fishing; fly fishing; fly fishing equipment; fishing flies; fishing gear; trout flies; salmon flies; fly fishing Idaho; flies for sale; Idaho fly fishing; flyfishing flies; fishing flysMy Tuesday March 1, 2016 post on "Montana River Maps & Fishing Guide 2015" was a review on this short and very informative book. In it I saw a first. "Red" Ribbon Trout fisheries have come into being and with a little research I even found a definition for "White" Ribbon Trout fisheries. (See All Below). Now everyone knows what a "Blue" Ribbon Trout fishery is--we have all been fishing them for years. I personally believe that because the "Blue" Ribbon Trout fisheries aren't as "Blue Ribbon" as they used to be, two other ribbon categories have been added.

Below you will find definitions:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
 
"A Blue Ribbon fishery is a designation made in the United States by government and other authorities to identify recreational fisheries of extremely high quality. Official Blue Ribbon status is generally based on a set of established criteria which typically addresses the following elements:
  • Water quality and quantity: A body of water, warm or cold, flowing or flat, will be considered for Blue Ribbon status if it has sufficient water quality and quantity to sustain a viable fishery.
  • Water accessibility: The water must be accessible to the public.
  • Natural reproduction capacity: The body of water should possess a natural capacity to produce and maintain a sustainable recreational fishery. There must be management strategies that will consistently produce fish of significant size and/or numbers to provide a quality angling experience.
  • Angling pressure: The water must be able to withstand angling pressure.
  • Specific species: Selection may be based on a specific species.
Criteria as used by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.[1] Specific criteria may vary by state.
fly fish Idaho; flies fishing; fly fishing; fly fishing equipment; fishing flies; fishing gear; trout flies; salmon flies; fly fishing Idaho; flies for sale; Idaho fly fishing; flyfishing flies; fishing flysMany quality recreational fisheries are informally referred to as Blue Ribbon by government agencies, tourist, media, environmental, sportsman organizations and writers, but are not officially designated as such by established criteria."



It appears these definitions began in Missouri and have filtered into other states' fisheries:



"Missouri Trout Management Areas" From Ozark Fly Fishers.org:

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