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Gurth  
#1 Posted : Saturday, April 22, 2017 5:18:49 AM(UTC)
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Finally hit a small stream that I've had in the queue for quite some time. Stopped by last July, but the grass was an impenetrable jungle and I quickly abandoned the idea.

Friday evening... a few hours till dark... beautiful evening... give it a shot...

This is a small stream running through agricultural land. There is an easement here, so I didn't have to be in the stream at all times.

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Water was clear and the bottom in a sand/rock mix in most places with some areas where silt has piled up a bit. The structure consists mostly of flats (12-18 inches deep) and runs (24-48 )inches with almost no riffles present. Of course, the bends are the other structure and this is a fairly winding stretch. Most of the stream in this stretch is about six feet wide.

Scuffled a bit at first as I kept getting into the "seaweed-like" shmutz that coats many of the rocks and parts of the bottom. Also took a bit to warm up with my cast accuracy. First few sections yielded no fish where I was sure there should be some.

Just then, hooked a little brown that fought a bit, flipped out of the water and got off. Okay... there are fish here and they will bite. Rounded the bend and got this...

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Alright... now we're gonna heat up.

Had heard there are brookies here and got one next.

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Will they all be tiny like other nearby streams that hold them?

Got this nice 15 incher next and he fought like a real bruiser. He was different than many of the longer browns that I usually get in that he was long and lean. Like a northern can be.

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Another brownie that fought hard.

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Don't know what's in the water here, but the brownies fought like brookies. Great rod bending tugs out of 12-14 inchers and almost every one of them cleared the water at some point. Have never had so many breach. What fun!

Rounded the bend and found this pool (which of course I had already scouted on sat maps). Just as I was approaching, something big cleared the water with a splash. Weirdly, the profile looked like a small duck. Must be losing it.

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Maybe a big brownie in here!

Nope - the biggest brookie I have caught to this point... 13.5 inches.

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This was another long and lean fish like that brownie.

Got another long brookie out of the same pool...

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Continued on as the light was fading and got a 2:1 mix of brownies:brookies the rest of the way...

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Last fish just as the sun disappeared and then they shut off and I needed to head back to the car in the dark.

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All told, 16 brownies and 6 brookies in about 2.5 hours.

Brownies on a bell curve from 9 to 15 inches. Brookies stepped down from the 13.5 to a tiny 6 incher.

The most memorable thing about the fish was how many of the brownies cleared the water.

Great Friday and will definitely go to this spot again.

Edited by user Sunday, April 30, 2017 7:49:16 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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weiliwen  
#2 Posted : Saturday, April 22, 2017 7:16:51 AM(UTC)
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Strong work! It's just those streams that don't get much attention after they become impenetrable later in the season.
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SquareEgg  
#3 Posted : Saturday, April 22, 2017 7:56:43 PM(UTC)
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Looks to have been a stellar evenings on the water. Water like that will have hippy stomper and hopper dropper written all over it in ~2 months.
madguy30  
#4 Posted : Sunday, April 23, 2017 7:04:52 AM(UTC)
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Always enjoy closing down a stream.
Gurth  
#5 Posted : Sunday, April 23, 2017 9:10:32 AM(UTC)
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madguy30 wrote:
Always enjoy closing down a stream.


I really haven't done it much, but yeah... was cool.

Even caught whiffs of a campfire which put me in a really cool mental space - Boundary Waters flashback or something like that. Smile
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NBrevitz  
#6 Posted : Sunday, April 23, 2017 9:03:52 PM(UTC)
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Nice job, big Brookie you got thereThumpUp
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