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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-19-2018, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Native brookie streams

Which are closest to Philadelphia? Doesn’t matter if it’s state game lands or a state forest. Just want to try my hand at some native brook trout. I never have and I’m looking to cut my teeth.
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Which are closest to Philadelphia? Doesn’t matter if it’s state game lands or a state forest. Just want to try my hand at some native brook trout. I never have and I’m looking to cut my teeth.
When you do go, do the trout a favor and use barbless hooks. Even if you plan on keeping a few for the pan, many of what you catch won't be of legal length. Barbless hooks make a healthy, quick release much easier.
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I have to say, one thing I never do is divulge where native brook trout streams are. I don't kill them I fish with nymphs and release. People catching and taking native brookies can really hurt the population by taking the biggest fish out of the stream. Brookies are so susceptible and easy to catch and some people just do not know when to stop. Asking someone where to fish for native brookies is like asking where your grouse coverts are.
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There out there and when you find one you will be proud and protective of your stream. Look for cool, shaded & clean water. Have fun!
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I have to say, one thing I never do is divulge where native brook trout streams are. I don't kill them I fish with nymphs and release. People catching and taking native brookies can really hurt the population by taking the biggest fish out of the stream. Brookies are so susceptible and easy to catch and some people just do not know when to stop. Asking someone where to fish for native brookies is like asking where your grouse coverts are.
And oftentimes the 7 or 8 inchers are the biggest trout. I never keep any trout if it can be avoid. Native brookies are the only ones that I find worth eating, and they get enough pressure without me killing a couple to eat.
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I will tell you this Jason- grasshoppers or crickets on an ultralight spinning rod with 2 lb test or a fly rod, and you are looking at tons of fun on a brookie stream. Remember - barbless hooks. Very easy to damage those little guys when removing the hook.

Also very important to stay hidden - stay low and wear clothes that blend in. You should be fishing on your knees more than you are standing. And tread lightly, they can pick up vibrations easily.
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I would add to watch the water temps this time of year. We've been lucky with all the rain recently that most streams are high and cool, but that could change. If you're fishing the fall, avoid wading/watch for redds.
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I would suggest checking the PAF&BC website for wild trout stream listings. The lists show the name of the stream, county, type of trout, etc.
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-20-2018, 10:47 AM
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Looks like you should drive north about an hour and a half toward Stroudsburg you will be getting into some native trout territory.
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