National Geographic : 1939 Feb
FRESH-WATER DENIZENS OF THE FAR WEST © National Geographic Society Painting by IIashime Murayama HIGH AMONG SIERRA SNOWS THEY DART AND WHIRL AND SPARKLE Native only in a few small streams of Fish Valley, in Alpine County, eastern California, the graceful PIUTr TROUT (Sazlno seleniris, upper pair) lacks the black spots characteristic of most trout. The glittering SOUTH FORK GOLDEN TROUT (Salno agita-bonita, lower pair) was originally found only in icy mile-and-a-half high waters of Kern River, near Mount Whitney, California. Like the Piute, it retains the parr markings, or dark daubs, to maturity. Both are hard-fighting game fish. Hashime Murayama, National Geographic Society staff artist, spent many weeks in research on the West Coast before painting these dramatic water colors of Pacific slope fresh-water fishes.