The History of PPCTU and Bear Creek and the Greenback Cutthroat Trout!
The Pikes Peak Chapter of Trout Unlimited, (PPCTU) involvement with the Greenback Cutthroat Trout by Allyn Kratz
One day in the summer of 1997 a Division of Wildlife Biologist, Gary Dowler was working on Pikes Peak. As he worked he moved further from his truck. At some point he realize he needed a piece of equipment that was still in his truck so decided to hike cross country back to this truck. On the trip he crossed a stream and noticed movement with in the water. He stopped to give the stream a closer examination and after a short time was surprised to see several fish that appeared to be Greenbacks. He noted the location and continued back to his truck.
Work got in the way so it was several weeks before he was able to return with a fly rod and sampling materials to the steam, Severy Creek. Gary caught several fish and took fin samples to be sent to a laboratory for genetic testing. This event caused Gary to think that if this stream contain reminent population of this threatened species, there may be other streams with such populations. Gary did some research and discovered that there was a past genetic test on a sample taken from another area stream, Bear Creek. This sample was found to be a hybridized fish, Greenback and Rainbow cross.