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  1. #11
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    Scott H.
    The creek isn't the secret, its just I don't want to disclose it and that stream get pounded from now on because a big bow was caught there, you know what i mean?? I can tell you if you read Jim Casada's book it'll give you a good idea, and i bet he has a good idea which one, and i will tell you its not Deep Creek.

    Bran
    Sharing-Bragging, its a fine line that seperates the two . I don't like to brag, thats one reason i don't post a bunch of pics or take them for that matter. I have a perfect picture in my head and in my memories, and for me thats what counts, and thats why im out there for me and to get out there, and eventually my kids when/if they want to join me. My main reason for this one is because ive never seen a pic. of a wild, big park bow on here and figured that people would want to see, even if they aren't that great.

    nvr2L8
    Thanks, Let me tell you, i didn't want to come home, i kinda felt like i was walking the Green Mile, know what i mean. Plus ive been trying to get this trip in all year, but atleast i got half of it in, gotta do what ya gotta do. And somehow ive managed not to get it, yet atleast. Ill be back next may i hope.
    "All the romance of trout fishing exists in the mind of the angler and is in no way shared by the fish" -Harold F. Blaisdell

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    Default they are there

    Big bows do exist in the park. Few and far between. I have yet to land a big brown but have landed a 16 inch bow. In a stream that was very much inside the park. Only one though. They are there.

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    Understood

    It is a beauty of a fish!

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    Smile WOW! That's a big fish.

    Nice to see what is out there. Maybe one day I'll get that lucky.

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    You caught the "bigfoot" of trout. Seldom seen, rarely photographed or caught! You will relive that catch the rest of your life. Fantastic fish !
    Gone fishing.

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    Highstick (and Bredmon)--It is intriguing that the larger rainbows are few and far between (more in Abrams Creek than anywhere else, and that's likely because of stream fertility and the absence of browns, IMO).
    I don't know for sure what has happened, but that wasn't always the case. In the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s there were lots of bigger 'bows. My theory is that as browns became more prevalent, they took prime habitat and in general through their presence mitigated against 'bows growing big. It's also possible that increasing levels of acidity are a factor.
    Whatever the explanation, 'bows in excess of 12 inches are rare, in excess of 14 inches very rare, and 16 inches or larger scarce indeed.
    You obviously don't want to share the whereabouts of your fine catch Bredmon, but based on the two photos you provide I have to wonder a bit if it was a fish stocked in state water which migrated upstream and was a holdover. The color and markings are suggestive in that regard, and the last two large 'bows I caught (one in Luftee and one in the West Prong of the Little Pigeon) almost certainly were of that derivation, having moved upstream from tribal waters in one case and Gatlinburg in the other.
    This doesn't necessarily lessen the appeal of your catch, but it does address the matter of just how difficlut it is for a 'bow to become a "teenincher" in Park waters.
    I've talked with Matt Kulp a bit about this but like me, he just has theories, as opposed to hard proof. The differences are he's a scientist and I'm not, but I've had a lifetime of observing Park fish.
    Anyway, congrats on the fish and the whole matter intrigues me. Jim Casada

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    Jim,
    I wondered that myself, if maybe it migragted up stream, but if it did, let me tell you it had one heck of journey getting there. I mean it wasn't remote backcountry, but backcountry and it is a very long way from a stocked stream. I would like to email you to discuss this further and get your take on it.

    brad redmon
    "All the romance of trout fishing exists in the mind of the angler and is in no way shared by the fish" -Harold F. Blaisdell

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    Brad,
    I hope you know I was just funnin', I am really glad you posted that. I had no idea a bow could get that big in park water. I've got Mr. Casada's book beside my chair, I've been reading a couple of chapters each night but you're gonna make me jump it up to 3 or 4!!!

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    Bran,
    Yeah I know, just explaining my purpose.....
    "All the romance of trout fishing exists in the mind of the angler and is in no way shared by the fish" -Harold F. Blaisdell

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    Brad, that is one awesome fish! what a rush that must have been congrats and thanks for sharing the story!

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