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shebs  
#1 Posted : Saturday, October 15, 2016 5:48:17 PM(UTC)
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Well, another year in the books. Eddie and I made plans to run a 3+ mile section of a stream known to harbor large brook trout as a grand finale. It did not disappoint.

Thanks for the net job Eddie! ThumpUp
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Get that sucker on the bank for a measurement!
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Didn't catch any 20s this year, but a 16 inch brookie makes up for it.
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"Hold it out in front of you to make it look bigger!"
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I can't kill her, even if she'd look great on my wall...
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Reviving...
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Annnnnd she's gone.
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Enjoying a cold beer and plotting a steelheading adventure before hunkering down for the winter.

I'm sure Eddie will have a blog post with more photos and better stories some time soon Razz
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West Branch  
#2 Posted : Saturday, October 15, 2016 8:58:58 PM(UTC)
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Remember that Iowa streams are open all year. If you fish here, be careful of redds, which are often concentrated in stretches of stream with pea to marble sized gravel. Sometimes creekbeds are a fish orgy. Big browns usually not seen during the day lose caution and can be spotted in shallow water hovering over redds.

I'm headed out on Monday to scope out a couple of spots that have expanding wild fish populations. A few freezing nights have helped bring down water temperatures down and it's a good time to see fish staging for the spawn. In some years past, browns have been seen clearing redds by this date, but it may still be early given the warm fall. At any rate, this is my time of year to hit as many streams as possible for a very informal census of browns. I've often been surprised by how many good sized trout show up in tiny streams that usually seem to hold low fish numbers.
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#3 Posted : Saturday, October 15, 2016 9:51:08 PM(UTC)
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Thanks Shebs for releasing a true trophy. The gift you gave back may have been gifted to you by some other person.

Hope you catch her next year

Well played!!!
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ilikefood  
#4 Posted : Monday, October 17, 2016 5:10:34 PM(UTC)
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What a way to end the '16 season with a 16" brookie! A really great fish.
What was big was not the trout, but the chance. What was full was not my creel, but my memory.
- Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, p. 40 (Oxford University Press, 1949).
MNFishhunter  
#5 Posted : Monday, October 17, 2016 5:51:39 PM(UTC)
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Beautiful brookie, it's pretty astounding that they still grow to that size somewhere out there yet!
shebs  
#6 Posted : Monday, October 17, 2016 6:41:56 PM(UTC)
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MNFishhunter wrote:
Beautiful brookie, it's pretty astounding that they still grow to that size somewhere out there yet!


a DNR officer who checked my license on that stream this spring said he's heard reports of 18s. Drool

I intend to fish the whole thing over the course of next season BigGrin
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#7 Posted : Monday, October 17, 2016 10:31:54 PM(UTC)
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What an awesome brookie! Nowadays, everytime I catch one in the teens", I wonder if it'll be the last one I catch of decent size.

Plenty of browns to eat.

...cruisin the 'Poo in my Gum Tree Canoe
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#8 Posted : Tuesday, October 18, 2016 7:08:33 AM(UTC)
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Assuming this stream is in Wisconsin? Great specimen, congrats. Hopefully it wont be the last time you catch it.
shebs  
#9 Posted : Tuesday, October 18, 2016 9:55:47 AM(UTC)
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s.t.fanatic wrote:
Assuming this stream is in Wisconsin? Great specimen, congrats. Hopefully it wont be the last time you catch it.


yeahhhh I'm a border jumper Razz
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West Branch  
#10 Posted : Tuesday, October 18, 2016 11:59:11 AM(UTC)
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I got so carried away thinking about redds I neglected to mention--WOW, that's one heck of a brookie!

Yesterday I snuck up on a pair of brook trout over a redd. They were bigger than average for the stream, but not even close to the length of your fish.
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