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NBrevitz  
#11 Posted : Wednesday, April 10, 2019 4:00:09 PM(UTC)
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I am absolutely happy about the two big Browns. And I’m fine with them occupying a 3-4 mile corridor on the lower end, with a few scattered above that, as it is now. They’re a nice occasional surprise. I just get antsy when they stock what’s proven to be an exceptionally hardy strain over the top of those big Brookies. I saw a fish I honestly think may have cracked 20 there last summer. Honestly... I know it was huge, because I caught a Brookie I measured at 17.5 just after the pig followed me. The pig was appreciably longer and thicker. I caught a 19 inch Coaster in the fall of 2016, and this fish was all of the Coaster, size wise. Yes, the stream is full of food. Mayflies galore, Sculpins, Chubs, Caddis... It’s got a lot of food and while it’s far from a marginal fishery, numbers wise, it’s not a numbers factory either. Lots of excess forage, especially in the lower end that they utilize in the spring. It’s a cool spot. Come up north and if nothing else, I’ll point you in the right direction.
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big_river_bum  
#12 Posted : Sunday, June 2, 2019 5:44:32 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Gurth Go to Quoted Post
My thoughts on supporting the brook trout items followed this line…

At first… No. I've caught 18+ browns in those streams and I still want that possibility, even though it's unlikely and uncommon.

Then I thought… well… those really aren't the places I'd go looking for big browns. I have many that are better suited for them and where it's more likely that they live and where I'll find them.

With that in mind, these smaller brookie conducive environments should be set aside as such and helped out.

I have plenty of great brown water elsewhere.

Voted Yes.


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William Schlafer  
#13 Posted : Sunday, June 2, 2019 7:42:57 PM(UTC)
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Here's a couple of interesting maps.

Native Brook Trout range pre-settlement:
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Native Brook Trout range present day:
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There's lots of reasons for the decline of Brook Trout. But it's hard to argue with the human influence. We're lucky to live near areas with reproducing Brook Trout nearby. They're one of the prettiest fish found anywhere.


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Edited by user Sunday, June 2, 2019 7:43:49 PM(UTC)  | Reason: damned typos!

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NBrevitz  
#14 Posted : Monday, June 3, 2019 5:33:46 AM(UTC)
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That map has a couple issues, but god yes the point still stands.
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