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 Post subject: Big Brookie on a 3wt
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 6:14 am • # 1 
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I've never figured out the photo posting thing here, but I thought this was worth reporting: Yesterday, while fishing with a buddy on a stream we've fished for 35 and 50 years respectively, I hooked and landed a 21" 3.5lb brook trout on a #12 spruce fly, 3lb tippet. Biggest fish I'd previously caught here was 14"; my buddy had taken a few 16" fish decades ago. I was using a 7.5' Redington Pursuit rod and a cheap Ant King reel. We generally release fish on this stream, but I allow myself one male trout per year, in recognition of the fundamentally predatory nature of angling. This was his unlucky day. Not the biggest brookie I've ever caught, but the biggest on a 3wt for sure.
(In a fit of profound laziness, I will email the photo to someone here if they'd be willing to post it for me)
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 Post subject: Re: Big Brookie on a 3wt
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 6:30 am • # 2 
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Congrats on catching a notable fish! I’m still chasing a brookie that size in my dreams.

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 Post subject: Re: Big Brookie on a 3wt
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:32 am • # 3 
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Thanks, Harry. We're pretty fortunate here in New Brunswick. The same rivers that hold the Atlantic Salmon also hold runs of sea-run brook trout. (this secret stream is part of the Miramichi Watershed). My biggest brookie here in NB was a 25" monster measured and witnessed, and I've also had the opportunity to catch brookies in Labrador up to 6 lbs, but this fish was special because this intimate little stream is only about 30' wide in spots, shallow and kind of a favourite of ours for dry fly fishing for 8 to 12" brook trout. I'm still agog!


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 Post subject: Re: Big Brookie on a 3wt
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:18 am • # 4 
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Wow! A 3.5# brookie WOULD BE A MONSTER to me!! I'll bet it was fun on that rod. You were the one who's been fishing it for 50 years, right? :lol


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 Post subject: Re: Big Brookie on a 3wt
PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:38 am • # 5 
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Cliff Hilbert wrote:
Wow! A 3.5# brookie WOULD BE A MONSTER to me!! I'll bet it was fun on that rod. You were the one who's been fishing it for 50 years, right? :lol


:lol No, Cliff, its my fishing buddy that has the 50 years in on that stream. But oddly enough, he's younger than me. He's just lived here longer.
Strummer has kindly agreed to post a couple of photos of the fish. Stay tuned.
brent


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 Post subject: Re: Big Brookie on a 3wt
PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:58 am • # 6 
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 Post subject: Re: Big Brookie on a 3wt
PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:48 am • # 7 
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Thanks, Strummer. There it is, lads. Oh, and it was DELICIOUS!!!! 2.5 lbs of meat on the barbecue.
brent


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 Post subject: Re: Big Brookie on a 3wt
PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:35 pm • # 8 
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Well Brent, than is one big brook trout. Would you say that it was a resident river fish rather than one of its sea-run relatives? The only time I have ever encountered (but not caught) brook trout that big they were spawners that had come up out of the northern great lakes in the fall. Of course that was long ago. In your neck of the woods do the sea-run brook trout also spawn in the autumn?


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 Post subject: Re: Big Brookie on a 3wt
PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:19 pm • # 9 
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Its almost definitely a sea run fish. They lose their silvery colouring quickly because these streams have peat bogs in their headwaters and are a tea-colour, so the fish get dark quickly to avoid detection. Plus, he was very orange/pink inside, which is typical of searun fish here. Resident fish have white flesh. Both resident and searun spawn in October here.


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 Post subject: Re: Big Brookie on a 3wt
PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:51 am • # 10 
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I'll bet it was delicious!


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 Post subject: Re: Big Brookie on a 3wt
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:06 pm • # 11 
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