Wilbur Foshay’s fabled fur-bearing trout is still attracting attention 76 years after the former Salida chamber of commerce manager first promoted it in 1938.
A film crew from the Travel Channel spent Tuesday at the Salida Museum filming the infamous fish and discussing the legend with Salida Museum Board Vice President Bob Campbell.
One example of the fictitious fish was on display at the museum and a second was borrowed from Mount Shavano Fish Hatchery. The taxidermy mounts show a fish covered with fur, allegedly because the icy waters of the Arkansas River are so cold the fish had to grow a fur coat.
Another version of the legend says a salesman dropped some bottles of hair tonic into the river and the fish grew fur.
Whatever the story, it attracted the attention of “Mysteries at the Museum,” and the segment about the fur-bearing trout will probably be aired late this year.