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Poor Gila Trout. They have been over fished through the years and their populations are now threatened. That isn’t good news for any angler hoping to reel in one of these yellow beauties. Both Arizona and New Mexico are implementing catch and release regulations so you won’t be able to keep the fish for yourself. This one piece could be the perfect stand in. And just think: now you can take part in the old angler’s rite of passage of lying to your friends about the size of your catch. Just hope they don’t know the average size is only 11 inches in length!
The Gila trout is another species of trout whose pure species capture is almost impossible. Over-fishing, introduced gamefish and high rates of hybridization has made this Species of Trout almost nonexistent. Its only natural range is tributaries of the Gila River in Arizona and New Mexico. This fishing Romper can help spread the word of conservation for this awesome fish.