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Last chance brook trout

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September is drawing near and with it comes the end of brook trout season where I live. These are the days of fine colour and wonderful cool air. Waters are easier to wade and the general feeling is one of serenity. I'll be heading out to one of my favourite brook trout lakes this week. I'll take fly rod and inflatable pontoon boat. Later, I'll visit a cherished river and make a day of it. This month hunting season begins in earnest. Soon, I'll trade fly rod for bow, rifle and shotgun. Time is running out to pursue those last...

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20-inch brook trout

Posted by Steve Galea at

Today I guided three great old guys -- each 80 years old -- at a backwoods lake at Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve. We fished in two canoes at their request and targeted brookies. These guys were veterans of thousands of brook trout adventures over the 61 years they had fished together and they were keen for one more. Normally, I don't fish when I guide but they insisted. So I caught this hefty 20-incher almost immediately, which, since they were looking for a dinner fish, they kept. It  took an olive woolly bugger dredged close to bottom and it fought well.  Unfortunately,...

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