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The last 10 days or so have provided endless opportunities for summer trout angling, and I have availed. I took a trip to my families' cabin in the ANF region over july 4. I used to practically live there in the summers when I was a kid, fishing all day every day. Now I'm lucky I fish there once per year. The water looked great while I was there.
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So did the fish.
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I fished two different streams there and averaged 31 trout per hour. Most fish were wild, but a few holdovers were present. I caught and saw some very small trout around 3", so that combined with my high catch percentage leads me to believe that last year's drought did not affect that immediate area.



Back home, I've been lucky to be able to fish some small wild trout streams that I should have visited in May.
This stream get skinny very quickly, but today was full to the brim.
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I caught a native here with what are likely GBH scars. I don't often catch natives with these old wounds, but many of the stockers have those marks by july.
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I didn't catch any "big" (over 10")here, but this 8" fish was my last of the day.
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While hiking out, I came across a pond in the middle of the woods and couldn't resist a cast.
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I took another trip to a stream where I almost always catch my largest natives of the year. I started right at the mouth of the stream where it empties into a larger waterway.
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As soon as I got away from the parking lot, I was immediately into some nice char.
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I didn't get to fish this stream as long as I wanted to, so I will be back asap to pick up where I left off.


The last few days, Ive been working a watershed including a larger stream which has 4 tributaries within a half mile that all harbor wild trout. The larger stream and its tribs have been getting exponentially better the last few years. Wild trout live year round now in the large stream and move freely from tributary to tributary as evidenced by the variety of species in each stream that were not present just a few short years ago.

One of the 4 aforementioned tributaries surprised me by giving up wild specimens of all 3 species of trout.
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The native brookie shown above was 10.5" and the rainbow was 11.5".

My notes from 5 years ago show this steam giving up 139 trout in 5 hours. I made a note that 4 of them were wild rainbow. This year, I caught about the same number of fish but in 4 hours, and probably more than half were wild rainbows along with 2 wild browns.

Further up the stream, the population shifted toward brook trout, but rainbows are obviously closing the gap.
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And the last wild rainbow of the day before it completely switched over to brookies was this 12 incher.
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The forest is beautiful this far up. I ended at the point where I usually do, but there is still another mile of good water ahead.
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I do enjoy catching the wild rainbow trout. They grow larger on average in all of the other streams I fish and when they take over, they usually populate a stream as fully as biologically possible. I will miss the brookies though in another few years.

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Photobucket is not letting your pictures show.

Great outings!
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I think photobucket kicked the bucket
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Flickr. It's convenient and easy......and most importantly.....free!
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I'd like to figure out how to use Shutterfly to post photos. Anyone have any tips
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Bang bang! Looking good through Flickr. Stick it to the man bro!!
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3 species in the same watershed...... that's rare to see in the mountains.
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Pictures were worth the wait. Very nice.
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