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    Default How big do brookies get?

    What a monster this is! In fall spawning regala!

    http://zacksportsworldwide.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/WORLD_RECORD_BROOK_TROUT.176162445_std.jpg


    After some internet research I found that this is a northern strain of brookie from the Adirondacks called the "Windfall" strain.
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    whitefeather,

    My biggest in the Smokies was a 10" caught on the Greenbriar around 8 years ago. Haven't caught one over 9" since.

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    Smile I finally caught a 10 incher last year!

    I have a pic somewhere. I caught 3 that were 9 inches. But in 3 years and 50+ Brookie trips that's as big as I can find them

    I would love to see some pics of some Smoky Mountain monster Brookies if anyone will share

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    Personally, my biggest wild brook was 8 3/4 inches. I know a few streams in NC, outside of the Park, where there are a few 12 inch+ brooks, but I have yet to apprehend one of them.
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    Good gracious!!! I caught a couple last week pushing 10" but that's a small snack for that pig in the picture!
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    I caught one 11.5" about 15 years ago in the Cherokee National Forest in the Tellico area. That is the biggest local one I have caught. We sampled a few in the 12" range in upper East TN back when I worked for TWRA in the 90s. I think 12-13" is the maximum size for TN/NC/GA wild fish these days.

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    By my count, no trout in the Smokies gets over 8"

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    You should check out the book Brook Trout by Nick Karas.

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    I am not that experienced with the freestone brookies; but, I usually catch them in the 9-12" range pretty regularly on the Clinch.
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    How big do they get? Depends if you have a witness or not. The biggest brookie I have caught was about 6 inches. But, I don't get to fish the park as much as I would like. Therefore, I don't have a lot of fish tales to tell.
    The record brookie was caught in the Hiwassee- 3 lb., 14 oz. I'm guessing it was a Northern strain, due to the size. There is a mystery as to how the fish got there. Brookies are not found in the river or tributaries.

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