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Thread: WPLP - what happened to my trout?

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    Default WPLP - what happened to my trout?

    Look at this little guy. Set him back in the stream. First one of these I have seen.


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    Caught yourself a horneyhead!

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    I've caught those guys in the lower elevations before. Also, the war paint shiners.

    All very pretty fish. If the war paints grew as large as a brown, it's all I'd fish for

    Jeff

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    My son's first fish in the moutains was a war paint shiner...at the time a fish was a fish and the excitement was not lessen....began catching them on WPLP for the first time late last summer....don't know if the drought allowed them to get into the higher elevations with the smaller flows or what...in the past my experience with them has generally been in the lower elevations.

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    Stone roller (Campostoma anomalum)... I hate when I catch those things.
    I got no style, I'm strictly roots.

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    That's a knottyhead, and they will hit nymphs with some regularity. I've only ever caught one on a dry fly. You usually find them lower down in streams, and they were once common in larger rivers (Tuckasegee, French Borad, Little Tennessee) although muskies have worked on them pretty good. Although bony as all get out, they are delicious to eat if you score the back and cook to crispness so the bones soften. They will occasionally reach 10-11 inches in length and when they do the head and gill plates turn a sort of reddish-pink. They also are every bit as sporty, when hooked, as a trout of a comparable size. Just look on them as a sort of Smoky Mountain whitefish.
    Jim Casada
    www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com

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    I caught a really large shiner this trip. I quess it's a shiner, red stripe on it? It was so big I thought it was a rainbow at first. Caught more this trip than ever before. Wonder why?

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