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Old 05-14-18, 10:05 PM   #21
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Old 05-15-18, 01:13 PM   #22
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I have also seen it in the Smokies and other places in GA where when you get to the higher elevation sections, you will start getting some brookies in the mix naturally. Brookies can live in stream sections that rainbows and browns don't do as well in so it seems natural that the further you go up a stream you can wind up with more brookies. This is notorious out west as brookies are taking over where the cutthroat live because they can live in places where it is tough to.
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Old 05-15-18, 03:54 PM   #23
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I have also seen it in the Smokies and other places in GA where when you get to the higher elevation sections, you will start getting some brookies in the mix naturally. Brookies can live in stream sections that rainbows and browns don't do as well in so it seems natural that the further you go up a stream you can wind up with more brookies. This is notorious out west as brookies are taking over where the cutthroat live because they can live in places where it is tough to.
Brookies also have less exacting requirements for spawning habitat, and are sexually mature in less than a year (a huge advantage in low fecundity headwaters streams where fish almost never live longer than three years). Rainbows generally don't spawn until their second year, and browns often not until they are close to three years old.
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Old 05-15-18, 05:12 PM   #24
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In NC there are (as have been alluded to) a number of streams where there is no barrier and bows and brooks coexist (very similar to the brown/brookie stream I referenced above). It's my understanding that it's due to the high acidity of the headwaters in those streams. Brookies actually handle acid rain far better than bows do, and those streams (which often are close to roads btw) have higher acidity in the upper reaches.
There really aren't a lot of streams in NC where bows and brooks coexist well. Bows usually have the upper hand.

The NC wildlife folks are now getting into stream restoration restoring populations of southern brook trout to suitable streams.

The Great Smokies National Park has been doing the same thing- reclaiming headwater streams that have rainbows and turning them back into brook trout streams.

South Carolina and Tennessee are also restoring miles of brook trout streams.

Of course South Carolina had very few brookie streams to begin with.

Things are looking brighter to some extent for southern wild brook trout
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