For those of us who’ve been fishing for brook trout in eastern waters for 30 years or more, it comes as no surprise to learn that the native jewels of our coldwater streams and ponds are in big trouble. Perhaps, however, the sobering facts of the species’ decline detailed in Trout Unlimited’s new release of “Eastern Brook Trout: Status and Threats,”–the first ever comprehensiv e assessment of the brook trout’s status in the Eastern US–will inspire fish managers and anglers to redouble their effort to conserve this beautiful trout.