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First brook trout trip of the season

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On Friday, the water and weather finally started giving us a break and Mac and I got out to visit a great brook trout river we know.  The water was high, so we could not fish all the runs we wanted to. Nor could we fish the remainder as well as we liked, but we still managed to eke out eight nice brook trout, seven of which were between 13 and 17 inches. I lost a couple, including one that would have been substantially larger. Of the fish we caught, seven were on a size 10 Copper John and one was on...

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Flashabou-ribbed hare's ear

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The Hornberg

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  There was a time when the Hornberg was considered an almost unfair fly to fish with. Invented by an American Game Warden of that name, this fly quickly gained a reputation as a slayer of brook trout. This spring, on my favourite brookie waters, I'm going to give that rumour a test. In preparation, yesterday, I tied my first three of these flies, so if they seem a little sloppy, you'll have to forgive me. I used a hen, soft hackle grizzly feather like the original pattern called for. I plan on fishing it as a streamer anyhow. The...

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On the verge of freedom

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This nice brook trout is about to be released back into the waters of the creek I caught it in.  God, I love those moments.

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Brookie from the Park

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Here's a short video clip showing one of the brook trout I caught in Algonquin Provincial Park this week. They are entering fall colours but are not quite there yet. The season with a few exceptions ends on September 30 around here. This one took a pheasant tail nymph. These fish are made better by a wonderful setting. It's hard to beat a day in Algonquin Park.

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