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MadisonBoats 07-18-2011 08:11 PM

27.5" Dead Brown Trout: Clinch River
I found this guy dead on some shoals this morning. He measured out to 27.5" and had some weight to him. It looked like he died of old age. I sure wish I would have landed him on a fly rod.

ChemEAngler 07-18-2011 08:23 PM


He didn't have any talon marks on him anywhere did he?

Last summer I found a large brown, measured at 23", floundering around with talon marks in his head. Seemed a little large for an osprey to target, but was the most likely candidate.

rbreedi1 07-18-2011 10:15 PM

Man, hate to see that. That's a really nice fish, hopefully someone had the privilege of having him on the end of a line.

waterwolf 07-18-2011 10:38 PM

That fish isn't even close to being old aged. Still pretty young.

With that said, who knows why they die, sometimes things just die. Could be poor handling, diseases, ate something, or a million other things.

A brown that size is probably only 5 or 6 years old, and with as many fish that dwarf him, it is unlikely old age was the culprit.

Shame no matter, and a nice one.

Corbo 07-19-2011 12:41 PM


Hope he made lotsa baby browns in his career!

Did you do any post-mortem on him or save him for the biologists?

Up in Maine the biologist's do "fin clipping" on fish they release in certain waters.... usually the vent fins and adipose. This way they can mark fish for the year they were released. First the adipose, next the left vent, then the right vent, then both vents then back to the adipose. It makes age determination & growth rates easier to determine.

For years many of us kept written records of "clips" and lengths and the data collected let us know how fast these fish grew. It also helped to determine how old hey got and the relative percentage of fish caught by year class to some extent. Useful data

Flat Fly n 07-19-2011 06:49 PM

Did you check him for #8 bait hook poisoning? A hook into the mediastinum is typically the culprit, i.e. heart or major vessels. Maybe played too long, or wonder about the DO in that section of the river. Close to the dam or further down?

MadisonBoats 07-19-2011 09:36 PM

I checked him over pretty good and checked his throat for any obstructions or issues. It looked very healthy and the teeth/mouth area were in great condition. The DO is very good where I found him. I was thinking he may be an older fish because of his excellent proportioning.

stuart 07-20-2011 01:14 PM

That is a nice one. I hate to see it dead, but looks like it live a pretty good lifespan. It's a shame more don't make it that long.

Flat Fly n 07-27-2011 10:04 PM

Probable culprit.....found in one fish along the Clinch many years ago...yeah, back when we had a healthy population of scuds.

MadisonBoats 08-05-2011 08:35 AM

Another Dead Trout...
I found this rainbow dead above the weir dam last week. He had a red fishing hook stuck in his throat.:mad: I wish TWRA would start enforcing barb-less hooks and one-brown a day on the Clinch.

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