A while back I was volunteering on a Brook Trout restoration project over in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Yesterday I got the chance to once again join their outstanding Fisheries crew to do a survey on those same streams to see how they were doing. It turns out, they are doing well. Two years ago we took great pains to remove introduced Rainbow Trout from what should be “Brookies Only” water and I’m happy to report that the “natives” were all we found during a detailed stream survey. Unwinding the effects of human meddling with nature can be difficult but, in the case of Brook Trout, essential. We don’t dislike Rainbow Trout, we just don’t want them crowding out our Brookies!