Posted by R. Tardy on September 12, 1996 at 18:42:58:
In Reply to: Trout Fishing Out West versus Southeast posted by Tom on September 09, 1996 at 11:52:20:
: I'm a native Georgian with lots of fishing
: experience in the N. Ga. mountains. I just
: returned from a trip to the Absaroka-Beartooth
: Wilderness in Montana where I caught fifteen
: nice Cutthroats (two 16 inchers) and eleven
: Brookies averaging 10 to 12 inches. It was a
: blast and pretty much replicates the success
: I always seem to have in trout trips out west.
: However, my point is this: Georgia has some of the
: toughest and most rewarding fishing in the world -
: if you can catch trout here in Georgia, you can catch
: them even better out west. There are big fish here
: and there, and the thrill of catching big ones doesn't
: change no matter where you are, but it is easier to
: catch fish out west. Period. If you want a challenge,
: go to North Georgia. If you want to catch tons of fish,
: virtually guaranteed, go to Montana, Idaho, or Wyoming.
: Any thoughts from the NGTO enthusiasts (including the
: ubiquitous G.R. Wilt)?
While most of my trout fishing experience is in Pennsylvania, Oregon,
Idaho and Michigan, I have some experience in Georgia. I do love the
scenery and relative solitude I experience when fishing out west. It
always seems that I have a neighbor when fishing in Penna. I do, however,
believe that the fishing is more difficult in small mountain streams or spring creeks.
If you can catch trout in the Letort in Pennsylvania it is a sure bet
you will have success on the big streams out west. I don't know a much better feeling
than catching a wary mountain trout on a dry. I look forward to trying
my hand in Georgia soon!
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