There are some GREAT culinary ideas here, thanx all.
Bill Segraves' is my fave!
I love how this thread went way O/T then came back.
re - mercury...a little Common Sense:
these govt warnings are about Limiting Consumption...there are traces of merc in fish, as there are in ea of our bodies, from this world we livin in. This is for peeps who eat these fish 1-2 nites per week, not casual backpackers eatin it 1-2 times per season.
Merc showing up in fish is in the muddy Soil at the bottom of larger, lower elev bodies of water, Incl Hetchy, and in some places is naturally occurring. Avoid eating LOTS of fish that live year round in these places, as you would i hope from the SF Bay. Brown trout, like bass, once mature, eat mostly other fish, which could accelerate the merc concentration. So dont eat lots of big old ones. They dont taste very good anyway.
Back country yosemite rangers, most of whom do not even treat the water, at elevation, are NOT worried about high elevation brown trout. That is either crazy fear mongering or gross misunderstanding.
Lastly, in Most fisheries in the high sierra backcountry, which receive an amt of angling pressure during a very brief season that would hardly register on any fishing-pressure-scale, the fish are so stressed by competition for food [in typically nutrient-poor environments where they aint enuf to go around] that we are doing the fishery a favor by harvesting.