Originally Posted by HuskerFlyFisher
I'm guessing these big fishies feast mostly on other fishies and rodents, lizzerds, and snakes, if they do in fact survive.
That's what I was referring to when I mentioned "bigger bites". But I don't think the larger "meat" eater trout would turn down a good hatch if they happened on to one. The brookies in my photo were full of bugs, large and small, and along with sculpins.
Th GSMNP web site used to have some good data on trout size, growth and mortality rates, size at which they transition to becoming "meat eaters". The mortality rates for rainbow were somewhat alarming for fish over 7 inches. Don't know how well that data translates to reality today, but the food source conditions are generally the same.
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