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Old 02-18-2012, 11:49 PM
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Default Oconaluftee brookie

I don't fish there often, but today I caught a little brookie not too far up from the visitor's center (a good ways before tow string road turnout). I had not realized they were down that low. They are my favorite species, so it was a pleasant surprise!

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Old 02-19-2012, 12:06 AM
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A nice looking speck, CL. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-19-2012, 12:57 AM
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Wow nice sized fish!
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:21 PM
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Looks like another Reservation escapee I've caught stocked brook trout from tribal waters a couple of miles up the Bradly Fork several times.
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:34 PM
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I suspect Flyman is right. The tribe stocks plenty of brook trout and they regularly make their way up Luftee from Raven Fork.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:16 AM
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That makes sense to me. By the way Mr. Casada, I keep your book near the top of the stack next to my reading spot. It's my most used fishing book.
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:35 AM
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Nice fish. I may be wrong, but that looks like a wild brook to me, parr marks and all. There are natives found in some of the Oconaluftee's feeders on upstream. I have caught quite a few above Kephardt, which would actually be Beech Flats at that point.

Regardless, those stocked fish do run pretty far some times. I have caught a few in wild Pisgah waters 5 or miles from any stocked water.

Now I am itching to get up there. I still have a score to settle with the monster brown I hooked in October 2010. After a 5 minute fight, he broke the hook off my nymph. I got a few good looks at him, he was a buttery golden football shaped creature.
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