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Life of Riley  
#1 Posted : Sunday, January 19, 2020 9:12:01 AM(UTC)
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For the most part I've fished brown only, or brown dominant streams. Last fall however I fished a stream with a buddy that has some dandy brook trout in it, and is almost entirely brook trout(maybe 1 or 2 browns a day if any). It happened several times where on a cast either of us would get rocked, I mean as hard a hit as is imaginable, and no hookup. Is this because the brookie is biting the blade instead of the hook? I'm only asking because with brown trout it usually seems that with a hard strike like that there is always a hookup, even if the fish later shakes the hook free. In this case on the brookie creek, it was a monster strike and then nothing. We were throwing spinners with very large blades on them. And for reference this is a creek in the driftless with verified brookies up to 16" that have come out of it.
#2 Posted : Sunday, January 19, 2020 3:00:31 PM(UTC)
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Brook trout will bash a lure. I assume it's competition or territory-based versus feeding. Some of em are just freaking mean bullies!
hahahaha. Countless times I have observed them bashing lures head first with no mouth open. I would agree that the behavior is brookie specific. R
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#3 Posted : Sunday, January 19, 2020 6:05:12 PM(UTC)
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I'll second what Ron said. Brookies can be super aggressive. Sometimes a 10" Brook Trout will feel like a 18" Brown. I've also seen multiple Brookies attack a lure at once, or even go after a lure that is already hooked in another Trouts mouth. This is especially true when hopper fishing.

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Haven't fished for Brookies in a long time specifically but they are generally the easiest to sight fish due to their aggressiveness.

I had some fun on a couple of lakes out in the Bighorns two summers ago. Nothing huge but entertaining.
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I’ve had browns chase and bump a lure.

Remember specifically a brown under a bridge chasing and bumping a #4 Mepps.

Was an upstream retrieve and had a good view and saw 2 or 3 bumps with its snout and no attempt to bite.

I’ve heard it mentioned on the Orvis podcast too in regards to browns.
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