Rainbow Trout Rescue Mission!


– I’m Coyote Peterson
and this morning I’m gonna go into a
freezing cold river to try to catch a trout with
nothing but my bare hands and a makeshift net. This is gonna get interesting. (splash) (tribal music) Snaking between
the epic mountains that give Montana
its magnificence are a series of rivers
that have cut through the bedrock of time. Today the crew and I are
headed deep into the wilderness to explore the freezing
cold waters of Belt Creek. Getting there will be
a challenge of its own as we need to take
rugged backcountry roads that are usually only
traveled by open-range cattle. (cow moos) Belt Creek is the
perfect environment to encounter the rainbow trout. A lightning-quick fish species that is typically caught
with rod, reel, and fly. Only today I won’t
be fly fishing. My mission is to use a
slightly more primitive method by safely capturing a
trout using nothing more than a makeshift net
that I have built from a willow stalk. Now that is perfect. Some paracord and my shirt. The producing team
thinks this is impossible and I bet you do too. But I’m confident that
if I can find a trout in shallow water I’ll
be able to pull it off and essentially, catch a
fish with my bare hands. Wow. Yeah, there are definitely
trout down in that water. I see a whole big pocket
of them right here. The good news is that
I’m seeing lots of fish. Bad news is they’re
in deep water. What I’m gonna do
is move upstream, find a narrow pocket of
water where I can get it, just about knee-deep, try to
scoop one of these fish up, get it out of the water so you guys can get
an up-close look. Alright, let’s keep moving and hopefully we come
across some shallow water. I’m looking to see
if there’s any fish that may have gotten marooned off the main course
of the river. Out of any of the pockets
what I’ve seen today this is probably the best
spot for us to find a fish. But if there’s anything
in there it’s probably up underneath the
back of the rocks. It’s darker back there. Now, trout are very
sensitive to light. They want to stay
out of the light so they can stay away from
any potential predators. Let me just check up
in this corner here. There’s a fish right there. There’s a fish. Right back in that corner. Do you see his face
sticking towards us? – [Mark] I got him. – That is a rainbow trout. I’m gonna go in
very, very slowly. Now these fish are
incredibly timid. What I want to do is scoop
him up as gently as possible, get him over here in the
main section of the river. Now we’re only gonna
have a couple minutes to film with it if I
can actually catch it so this is gonna
have to be quick. Alright, I’m gonna
get this behind him. Definitely don’t want
it to dart backward. – [Mark] There he is. – There he is. – Good, good, good. Go, go, put it to the rocks. – Hold on, hold on, don’t… (water splashing) OK, he’s still up there. He’s up there. – OK, yeah. Move slow. Move slow, slow. (splashing) – Ahh, I lost him. Almost though. Almost. They are fast, that’s for sure. – [Mark] How does a trout even
end up in a pool like this? – You can see at some point where this water
fed off up here. It probably got
confused in this area, found itself in the rocks,
floundered into here, and then said, “OK, I’m in
water that’s comfortably deep to swim back and forth.” And now it’s pretty
much marooned. I mean, this is like
almost a little pond off the side of the main river. What’s funny is you guys
are only gonna ever see one take of this. But what, are we gonna do
our fourth attempt now? – Yeah. – Alright, fourth
time’s the charm. The reason that Mark
is using a stick is not to poke the fish but
we’re creating vibrations on the back rock wall and we’re hoping to
kind of corral it toward the shallow water. This is definitely the
most difficult capture we’ve ever attempted. Oh, there he is. Ah! (sighs) Now we’re gonna make
our seventh attempt at rescuing this trout. Alright, ready? – [cameraman] There he is. – You see him? – Yeah. – Shallows? – Yep. – Figures. – [Coyote] Right
under your legs. Attempt number nine. (groans) Oh, he was right there. Attempt number ten
at catching the fish. The water is freezing cold. What would you say, Mark? About 35 degrees Fahrenheit? – Yes. – Oh. And this is where is happens every single time. – There he is. – To my left. (splashing) I got him! I got him, I got him, I got him. Yeah, I got him. – [Mark] Don’t let him go. – I know, I know. – Do not let him go. – OK, hold on a second. I got a seal, I got a seal. – Very delicate. – Here we go. Look at that. Alright, hold on. – OK, easy. – Wow. Look at that. That is a rainbow trout. Alright, let’s get him
up here into the light. And we’re gonna have
him out of the water for a couple seconds. – [Mark] We did it. (laughs) – Look at how
beautiful that fish is. – [Mark] I can’t believe
you caught that fish. – I can’t believe
I caught is either. The reason that I’m keeping
this fish under water is because they stress
very very easily. I’m gently just holding onto it, making sure the water’s
flowing through its mouth, and out its gills. And we’re only gonna be
able to hold onto this fish for a couple of minutes. And one amazing thing
about rainbow trout is they actually return
to the spot they were born during spawning season. And that’s why
we’re seeing so many of these beautiful
trout swimming up river. Now the quick way to easily
identify the rainbow trout is this greenish coloration and this beautiful
pinkish stripe that runs down the
lateral line of the body. Let’s talk about what
the rainbow trout eats. This is an opportunistic feeder. They’ll eat anything
from crustaceans on the floor of the
river, little fish, other fish eggs, you name it. If they can get their
teeth on it it’s fair game. Now a group of trout
is called a hover. And that’s because when they
float in the current like this they swim back and
forth very slowly, keeping their balance, water
just flowing through the gills and then in bursts of
speed they shift up through these white waters and get into
the deeper, darker pockets. He just wants to get
back into the water. But what an experience. It took us about three
hours to catch this fish but I did it with
your help, Mark, and the makeshift net. And there you have it: one beautiful rainbow trout. My goodness, what a beauty. – [Mark] I would
high-five you right now but I don’t want you
to drop the fish. – No, I don’t want to
drop the fish either. He’s really wanting to
get back into the water at this point. Oh! And he got away. That must have been the
moment that he decided, “that’s it, I’m heading
back off into the wild.” Wow. What an experience. Working all afternoon
to save a rainbow trout out of a maroon pool. Have you guys ever had any
up-close fish experiences? Tell me about ’em in the
comment section below. I’m Coyote Peterson. Be brave. Stay wild. We’ll see you on
the next adventure. Man that was awesome. Woo, I can’t believe we did it. Ah. If you thought that
was one wild adventure check out these other
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