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02-25-2009, 03:19 PM
Is it just me, or does anyone else get excited to hold and inspect a glob of fish puke?

Thought everyone would be interested to see the stomach contents of this fish. It was about a 13" rainbow below the weir on the Clinch. I took the pictures the first week of February, one of the weekends they decided to let us fish for a few hours. If I had to guess, I'd say the fish was eating fry (and somebody's night crawler), from the spawn which had occured recently. Maybe some dingus dumped out his minner bucket, but these really look like toddler trout. Also, notice the black fly, midge pupa and scud. He was also snacking on some didymo. I am predicing everyone and their grandma will start tying fry patterns and stack up below the weir, (but I tried that already and it didn't work.)
Warning: If you don't like stomach pumps or you feel they are unethical, then don't look.


02-25-2009, 04:05 PM
Uh no, that'd be just you. I see no point- in order to inspect the contents of a fish's stomach you have to catch it in the first place, so you know what they're biting on just from that.

02-25-2009, 04:26 PM
Or... You could catch a fish on a searching pattern (BH pheasant tail), inspect their stomach, tie on specifically what they're eating and catch more fish.

02-25-2009, 07:26 PM
Jamie, was that the day we were down on the Clinch or earlier?

02-25-2009, 08:19 PM
It was prior to me having the pleasure of knowing you, Mr. Matthew. It was the first day that was wadeable after they had been generating 24/7 for nine years straight... Perhaps the fry didn't know what to do in their new, low-water habitat and became easy lunch.
Did you mention carp??

02-25-2009, 10:31 PM
CARP!!!!! I'm ready with those neon beetles.

02-25-2009, 11:14 PM
Your neon beetles have confirmed my suspicions that you are insane. :eek:

02-25-2009, 11:42 PM
Haha...the little bluegills will love them! I need to look at the weather for this weekend. We may be able to hit the park or national forest up?

David Knapp
02-26-2009, 12:37 AM
Jamie, good to see you on here again and great post. You been able to fish much lately?

02-26-2009, 08:31 AM
Good to hear from you David. I've been trying to get out once a week, to the Clinch or the Holston mostly. Call me if you're gonna be up here. You're back in middle TN, right? And Elrod- this weekend is carp expedition '09, you in??

Brian Griffing
02-26-2009, 09:14 AM
Earl of Sodak, Jamie, whichever,
Nice pictures. I don't have a stomach pump and so the little that I do inspect stomach contents, I am inspecting a fish I just cleaned. And I usually end up with more mess in my hand than clearly identifiable meals -although there is usually one or two things I can pick out, probably the more recent meals.
Anyway, very interesting pictures. If you are willing, I would encourage you to post more: different streams, different times of year, different times of day, and label them. That would make a great reference.
Thanks again for the post.

Green Weenie
02-26-2009, 12:14 PM
Excellent post, Jamie.

Though I would suggest that next time, you first send the pictures to me, just so I can determine the best possible approach to distributing such valuable insight. :biggrin:

02-26-2009, 06:21 PM
I'll do that Chad - you are now officially "keeper of secrets" and "distributor of shenanigans"

David Knapp
02-26-2009, 09:29 PM
Jamie, I've been wanting to give the Holston a try as I have yet to fish it. If I decide to head over I'll give you a holler...

02-26-2009, 09:32 PM
Some good carp flats on that river... could take the boat out for bass and rainbows too.

02-26-2009, 10:03 PM
I'll have to make sure Christina does not need me around here. My flashy bugg is ready to go.