Return of the Native Brook Trout


This article details the effort to restore native brook trout to one of the streams in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

People have long managed waterways for certain species. Even the original introduction of the non-native brown and rainbow trout […]

Eastern Brook Trout: Roadmap to Restoration

Our Brook Trout Heritage

The brook trout is an American symbol of persistence, adaptability, and the pristine wilderness that covered North America prior to European settlement. It is the only native trout that inhabits the cold, clear streams of the May 31st, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments are closed

Let's Remove Hatchery Fish From the Wood River


Margaritafera Margaritafera The Eastern Pearlshell Mussel State Endangered Species. This circumpolar species is found only in the cleanest headwaters of the Wood Pawcatuck watershed. This mussel is endangered by increased sedimentation which affects the recruitment of it young.


At one life stage […]

Take Out the Dams in the Upper Wood River

By Brian O’connor


This article in the NYT claims “Dams degrade water quality, block the movement of nutrients and sediment, destroy fish and wildlife habitats, damage coastal estuaries and in some cases rob surrounding forests of nitrogen. Reservoirs can also be significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

Put […]

PRIBT Would Accept a Total Fishing Ban

Taken from a post on PRIBT Facebook Page by Brian O’connor


A strict interpretation [of TU National Policy] would it seems, eliminate all stocking of moving water in RI outside of Providence. We are asking for much less and […]

The Upper Wood River

By Brian O’Connor

If it has not become obvious in my writing on Facebook and this site, I would like to make clear that BT are but one part of the upper Wood River ecosystem in which all members have been seriously impacted by the ever growing […]

Where The Brookies Live

April 10, 2014 – Afternoon walk along a wild brook trout stream

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. ~ William Shakespeare. […]


Vintage photos of wild trout taken from RI waters in a time when brookies were relatively abundant. The largest of the fish pictured is 15″ long. What does it mean when a DEM official describes the contemporary situation as one of “relative abundance” […]

Charr of the Spring


SALVELINUS FONTINALIS/Charr of the Spring or Fountain: The genus and species names for our brook trout speak to the fish’s environmental requirement for clean, cold water. Pictured are springs located in “South County” that support wild brook trout only a short distance away. And shortly thereafter a succession of dams begins […]

River Grass

There is a tiny caddis fly, nyctiophylax moestus, that builds its little trumpet shaped fiber nests on blades of river grass. In a typical clump of grass there are thousands of such nests. Millions upon millions of these little sedges should line the bed of the Wood River, but they don’t ! […]