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#1 Posted : Friday, September 9, 2016 9:32:47 PM(UTC)
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Went into work early Friday morning so I could get out in the afternoon. Was definitely worth it!

Went out to a small stream known to harbor nice brookies, as I often do these days ThumpUp


Started hooking into some fish right away...slow at first, but it picked up as the day went on.


Fish are starting to color up for fall, by the looks of things.


This makes the stream look bigger than it is - wide/flat/slow section (this is the type of spot where most of the fish seemed to be, though.)


This bad boy (girl?) was under the brush on the right hand side


This was an unassuming looking run...barely knee deep. but on my first cast I saw a large orange flash and threw a few more before walking through...


And then, BOOM. Fight was on. After a couple hard runs and a net fail, I finally had him



Taped at 19". Just shy of the magic number, of course. I've hit some 20s in MN, and lake runners up at the Brule, but the WI driftless 20 still eludes me...I'll get one...someday... Crying

Off he goes! I briefly considered bonking him...you just gotta know a fattie like that is in a tiny stream like this is just chowing down on brookies all day, but I couldn't do it. Magnificent bastard. Someone will have a good day when they find him at 20+ next year.


Pulled this 12" out of the same run...so clearly the brooks are doing okay despite his appetite ThumpUp


After that, I fished another mile or so, but never got to the beaver ponds I was there to find...had to turn back so I didn't have to wade back downstream in the dark. Some day I'll get there. Life is hard when you don't make as far upstream as you had planned because you were catching too many fish LOL
A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work. ~Author Unknown
Modern Translation, with respect for the Notorious B.I.G. : "Fuck Money, Get Fishes"
#2 Posted : Saturday, September 10, 2016 2:07:42 AM(UTC)
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Release the 18 and 19 inch trout to secure your future 20!

Well played...
Get Reel
#3 Posted : Saturday, September 10, 2016 6:35:20 AM(UTC)
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Beautiful - and healthy looking - fish! Thanks for the photos.
Bob Williams, "Weiliwen"
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#4 Posted : Saturday, September 10, 2016 6:47:03 AM(UTC)
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Looks like you had an awesome day out there! The colors on that brown are so vivid. Well doneThumpUp
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#5 Posted : Saturday, September 10, 2016 6:58:26 AM(UTC)
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A good day for you! Nice work. Just knowing that there are streams in the Driftless that produce lots of brook trout is somehow comforting. Not many Iowa streams have the pristine conditions brookies require for spawning.

Beautiful fish and a jumbo brown thrown in. That's an A-1 afternoon.

Edited by user Saturday, September 10, 2016 8:50:51 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

#6 Posted : Saturday, September 10, 2016 8:54:44 AM(UTC)
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Beautiful fish! Thanks for sharing with us!
#7 Posted : Monday, September 12, 2016 6:16:13 AM(UTC)
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Nice job Shannon! ThumpUp
#8 Posted : Tuesday, September 13, 2016 4:27:47 AM(UTC)
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Good work !

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