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#1 Posted : Monday, April 10, 2017 10:32:01 AM(UTC)
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Got the 18yo up early on a Sunday to go after some. The third try was successful in getting him vertical and off we went.

He's gone with me a few times over the years, but we always seem to go out on an off day where the fish won't come out and play. It's not just his inexperience – I didn't get many (any) those times either.

Had a good day yesterday and was fun to see him finally get to experience trout fishing to the fullest. It's a lot more fun when you catch a few and hearing his occasional shout when he got one was tons of fun for me. I saw his confidence grow tenfold yesterday and by the end of the day he was pointing out to me where the fish would be or how he was gonna cast a spot.

He ended up with 6 brookies – all 9-13 inchers and 5 solid brownies. Easily his best day on a stream ever and he was most excited about it.



Included amongst his catches was the prettiest brookie I can remember seeing in person.


Another look...




I did not fare as well (2 tiny brookies & 8 brownies, 3 of which were about 6 inches), but yesterday wasn't about me and I was more than happy to defer.



I did manage this nice 15 incher though.


Not so fast there kiddo... I can do this too!

Great day on the stream with the boy.

Footnote: the big brown had what looked like a talon wound right behind its dorsal fin.
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#2 Posted : Monday, April 10, 2017 10:35:00 AM(UTC)
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Nicely colored brookie ThumpUp
#3 Posted : Monday, April 10, 2017 12:18:30 PM(UTC)
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Woot Woot

...that brookie looks like he rolled in a pack of melted crayons! what a stylish fish. unreal.ThumpUp
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#4 Posted : Monday, April 10, 2017 2:04:01 PM(UTC)
William Schlafer
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Gurth wrote:


Now that's a sweet looking Brookie! I love it when they're near black on the top and fire red in the belly. Looks so primordial and mean looking. Like something that would've been swimming around when the dinosaurs roamed.

Well done!

“You'll never look back on your life and wish you had spent more time in the office." -- Brian Trautman, Captain SV Delos
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