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Old 02-18-11, 09:41 PM   #81
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Sounds logical, although couldn't those same fish become the bait...
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When they are smaller, certainly. But I would think it's going to take a real monster brown to eat one 7"-9" long.

I've been staying away from the small browns in the upper tailwater and concentrating on put and take streams for the occasional pan fried dinner, mostly to avoid upsetting people. But if it is the general consensus that some of them need to be thinned, I'd certainly be happy to fry up a few of those 9 inchers now and then.
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Old 02-19-11, 07:39 AM   #82
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C&R what ever do you meanHeck I keep all my fish.I usually keep a stringer with me and every trout I catch I'll put it on the stringer and every time I get a bigger one I take the smaller one off and replace it with the bigger one.I guess you can call that catch and Release.I just don't understand but when I do release the smaller ones they go belly up.
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Old 02-19-11, 09:09 AM   #83
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A couple topics in this post here.

First, Yahoos.... I was fishing the DH a couple weeks ago and had a guy who apparently wanted to get downstream faster than me so walked right through my fishing lane, walking within 5 ft of my indicator! I did not want to spoil his opportunity to actually come in contact with my line so I tossed a cast at him..... Still amazing to me in a river that is 200ft wide and easily waded that a moron would either be a) so ignorant, or b) so rude as to not respect others. I am sure this fellow is a great human outside of fishing (not...).

Second, the DH is C&R Nov-May, right?
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Old 02-19-11, 09:14 AM   #84
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Second, the DH is C&R Nov-May, right?
Yes, C&R and single hook artifical only. DH season runs from November 1st through May 15th if I am not mistaken.
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Old 02-19-11, 08:03 PM   #85
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When they are smaller, certainly. But I would think it's going to take a real monster brown to eat one 7"-9" long.

I've been staying away from the small browns in the upper tailwater and concentrating on put and take streams for the occasional pan fried dinner, mostly to avoid upsetting people. But if it is the general consensus that some of them need to be thinned, I'd certainly be happy to fry up a few of those 9 inchers now and then.
There is certainly not a consensus. There are many dynamics at play in this ecosystem. Thinking that WE need to help shape a population is funny to me. Keeping fish is a selective pressure that is contradictory to natural selection. Under strict natural selection, the most aggressive feeders are most likely to leave the highest allelic ratio (evolutionary success). keeping fish selects against this trend leaving what, under natural selection, would typically be the weaker members of a population. Allowing this natural competition for food to determine which fish reproduce will ultimately yield a heartier fish.

Population dynamics in a closed system (farm pond) are much different than in a ecosystem such as the hooch tailwater. Just another opinion to ponder.

And you may be surprised about what sized brown trout are eating 7-9" fish. I have had 7" browns take 5" streamers on the tailwater.
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Old 02-19-11, 10:59 PM   #86
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Thru May 14. May 15 is lemon pepper and butter day.
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Old 02-21-11, 02:10 PM   #87
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All this talk got me thinking, lemon pepper and butter! Fed a lot of friends, took a black thumper, upstream from Bowmans.....



Didn't have a stringer, so I stuffed it down my waders......

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Old 02-21-11, 02:15 PM   #88
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You heartless b*****d! I'm thinking that you'll have to get the new G4's now due to the fish slime on your old G3's.
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All this talk got me thinking, lemon pepper and butter! Fed a lot of friends, took a black thumper, upstream from Bowmans.....


Shoot how many miles is it to Helen again?

Nice piggie.
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Didn't have a stringer, so I stuffed it down my waders......

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