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Old 02-27-18, 03:22 PM   #21
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...the DH ends on its Southern border at the 28 bridge...the fish don't know or care...I have caught DH washdowns or migrators below the 28 bridge as far as the confluence...the West Fork enters the main river below the 28 bridge...before there was a DH, snits were dumped off the bridge itself...I witnessed it several years ago...

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Old 02-27-18, 04:05 PM   #22
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...the DH ends on its Southern border at the 28 bridge...the fish don't know or care...I have caught DH washdowns or migrators below the 28 bridge as far as the confluence...the West Fork enters the main river below the 28 bridge...before there was a DH, snits were dumped off the bridge itself...I witnessed it several years ago...

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Now I understand! Thank you for clarifying. I also had to look at a map of where the west fork flows in for reference. Makers perfect sense to me now sir.
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Old 03-01-18, 04:09 AM   #23
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Several studies have been done on the movement of stocked trout. Here is one I came across recently for anyone who'd like to read: http://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/Fish...t_movement.pdf

In that particular study, the data strongly suggested that stocked trout eventually move downstream. That is, of course, in the two particular streams in which the research was conducted.

I don't know how relevant that particular study is to freestone streams in the southeast- like the Chatooga. My personal opinion is that water temperature plays the biggest role in determining the distance traveled by stocked trout. During DH, I think stockers are just as likely (if not more) to travel downstream as upstream because the water temperature is just as good (and in some cases, better) downstream as opposed to upstream. However, I can personally attest to the veracity of DH fish in the Chatooga moving upstream as the water temperature starts to rise in the spring/early summer.

As far as waterfalls go: I could be wrong, but I don't think there are any big enough between Reed Creek and BF that would keep downstreamers from getting up after a good rain brings the river up enough to put enough water over the rocks to allow trout passage. Besides that, some are going up while others that are stocked at BF are going down. The point i'm trying to make is just because you catch a fish between Reed Creek and BF doesn't mean it's either a helicopter stocker or stream-bred. If I catch them, though, they're always stream-bred haha. After all, wild fish don't eat junk flies.
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Old 03-01-18, 01:29 PM   #24
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If interested, Kyle Burrell who now guides with River Through Atlanta guide service among other things, did his Master’s thesis on the movement of brown trout in the Chattooga River. I believe contrary to the Hooch brown trout study, Kyle found the Chattooga browns moved quite a bit.
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If interested, Kyle Burrell who now guides with River Through Atlanta guide service among other things, did his Masterís thesis on the movement of brown trout in the Chattooga River. I believe contrary to the Hooch brown trout study, Kyle found the Chattooga browns moved quite a bit.
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Old 03-01-18, 06:20 PM   #26
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GREAT report. Those brown trout pix are glorious. That's a special place.
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do you have a contact for him?
I like science.
Second this! Steve let me know if you get the report please. Any ammo I can gather on these fish Iíll gladly use to arm myself in the hunt!

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GREAT report. Those brown trout pix are glorious. That's a special place.
Thank you sir. These fish make you work for them but the beauty is so astounding and pure you forget how many miles youíve walked and waded.
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https://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/pubs/ja/ja_burrell001.pdf
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Free, open science. Thank you!
Good stuff too
Movement of 7+ km that's a haul.
Also speaks to site fidelity, which I've heard about and experienced at least three times.
I reckon the diff between toog BTs and hooch Tw BTs, the nature of freestone streams.
I'll have to give this a better read when I have time
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Free, open science. Thank you!
Good stuff too
Movement of 7+ km that's a haul.
Also speaks to site fidelity, which I've heard about and experienced at least three times.
I reckon the diff between toog BTs and hooch Tw BTs, the nature of freestone streams.
I'll have to give this a better read when I have time
Thanks for sharing


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7km is not unheard of for sure. What surprised me most from just skimming the data was how few fish sought thermal refuge as the summer heated up. Awesome read! Thanks Kyle and whomever posted!
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