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Old 07-05-18, 11:22 PM   #21
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Oh my goodness that is a fish of dreams right there. Great stuff man, and thanks for sharing!
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Old 07-06-18, 10:58 AM   #22
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Logged back in today to read this story and see the speck again and get ramped for heading out ... I'm visiting family in Colorado and we are headed into the wilderness for a week starting Sunday.

I drove out here, and a good fish or two will make that long, long road home through Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri a whole lot more bearable.

(On a related note, it was hard driving over the White. Why am I putting this river in my rearview? Makes no sense.)

Kyle, this is a beautiful fish, and I clearly need to hit the maps and trails some more in the Hooch NF.
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Old 07-06-18, 12:59 PM   #23
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Lovely fish. At the growth rates attainable in most southern Appalachian headwaters streams, that's a fish pushing five, maybe six years old, and that's pretty much as long as a brook trout can live. It is exceedingly rare to see one live past three in this part of the country.
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Old 07-06-18, 05:28 PM   #24
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Lovely fish. At the growth rates attainable in most southern Appalachian headwaters streams, that's a fish pushing five, maybe six years old, and that's pretty much as long as a brook trout can live. It is exceedingly rare to see one live past three in this part of the country.
Dylar, here is another interesting fact. This fish's stomach contained merely one large stonefly. The rest of the contents were skeletal. There were two spinal columns, and one dish's lower jawbone. There are no other fish species in that part of the creek. No shiners, chubs, Dace, other trout or other minnows. Th confirms what we already know. They can be cannabilistic just like all other trout. When they grow to this fish's size, they need the protein, so they get the protein. That I could discern, this speck wasn't messing with midges. He was on the protein, to include other brook trout.
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Old 07-06-18, 06:08 PM   #25
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Oh yeah, I've caught 9" brookies with 4" brookies jammed down their gullets, sometimes with the bones from the fins sticking out through their sides. They're the most aggressive salmonids on earth weight for weight.
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Old 07-06-18, 09:53 PM   #26
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Oh yeah, I've caught 9" brookies with 4" brookies jammed down their gullets, sometimes with the bones from the fins sticking out through their sides. They're the most aggressive salmonids on earth weight for weight.
You ate absolutely right about that. I sometimes call them "creek sharks". They amaze me. I'd be tickled to catch one with another speck down it's throat. That'd be photoworthy!
I remember on that same creek where this one came from, I was fishing s free years ago. I cast s fly into the head of a pool. In a split second, I caught sight of a brook trout darting across the pool. It tried to take the fly but missed. It has gained so much speedsnd velocity, it cleared not far shy of 1' out of the water. I was amazed watching that probably 5" fish sail through the air. I laughed, and remember thinking "that thing is a tadpole that thinks it's a whale".
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Old 07-08-18, 08:36 PM   #27
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Sweet! Oink, oink.
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Old 07-23-18, 10:27 AM   #28
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Heckuva fish right there Kyle! Not surprised at all that he went piscivorious. Now it is on to 13"!!!
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Old 07-24-18, 02:03 PM   #29
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Solid fish man, Congrats! I can't imagine the shear excitement you must of felt reeling that bad boy in. Creek shark for sure.
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Old 07-26-18, 10:37 PM   #30
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Wow. New here , but congrats. That a heck of a fish.
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