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Fish Identification - Brook Trout

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Brook Trout
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Science Name: Salvelinus fontinalis
Other Names: speckled trout, brookies, Eastern brook trout, coaster, salter
Ideal Temp: 61 to 70
World Record: 14 lbs. 8 ounces ONT.
Environment: Streams, rivers, lakes
Techniques: light tackle, casting, fly fishing

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Greg | Posted: March 11, 2013

Without a doubt, in my area, your best bet is to throw a #4 or #6 black and gold panther martin. I normally use 4 lb. Vanish, but last year I had a 20+" brookie break me off after quite the battle. I switched to 8 lb. flourocarbon since and it works great.

Mainah | Posted: October 16, 2012

I fish all the local streams u can find, even the ones seeming small and insignificant contain big brookies. Use realy light line; you need to be able to feel those light bites that are often from heavy fish. I like snapping on a 7" size 8 snell hook on to a small swivel-snap. IF the water is deep enough, pinch on SMALL split shot, right above the swivel. FISH EVERY POOL, EDDIE, AND STREEM BEND YOU CAN FIND, AND HAVE FUN FISHING!!

JEFF COSTIGAN | Posted: January 8, 2010

LARGEST BROOKIE I EVER CAUGHT WAS FROM STONY CLOVE CREEK IN EDGEWOOD, CATSKILLS. IT WAS @ NIGHT. CAUGHT IT ON A FLY, USING SPINNING GEAR. STARTED W/ AN ADJUST A BUBBLE WHERE YOU CAN FILL W/ WATER TO GET THE CORRECT WEIGHT TO CAST, AFTER 10-12 CASTS, IT HIT A ROCK, CRACKED IT, TOO MUCH WATER WOULD GO IN. TOOK IT OFF & USED A REGULAR SMALL BOBBER FOR WEIGHT. WORKED GREAT, FISHED ABOUT ANOTHER 30-45 MINUTES & HOOKED UP. WHAT A FIGHT!! GIVE THE ADJUST A BOBBER OR REGULAR BOBBER A TRY, YOU CAN CATCH SOME BEAUTYS WITH IT!!

dan | Posted: May 6, 2008

use a shad rap in shad color and cast it far, but slowly reel it in and when you feel them bite, set the hook.

Chris Forbes | Posted: January 20, 2007

Fish close to bottom for big Brookies. Look for rocks stumps and other cover. Fish every inch of the water,and eventially you will find that trophy. Remember the biggest fish always has the best spot in the pool.

Davids. | Posted: November 20, 2006

for the larger brookies in the early spring about 2 weeks after ice out and the river mouths warm up I use a large mouse or shrew pattern fly. You land less fish but when you hook one you know its a keeper!!and its just as fun to watch the smaller ones break the surface for the fly. tight lines...

indigo man | Posted: August 27, 2006

finiky trout! Try using meal worms as a substitute bait with a couple of split shots too get it deep or even letting drift down stream.You can get these little guys at any pet shop and they work really well near tall grassy streams.HAVE FUN ON THE WATER!

indigo man | Posted: August 27, 2006

Sometime's fishing with a spinner with a regular worm hook attached to it is difficult to get to these small bitters they end up stripping the worm off enven before setting the hook,take the hook off and tie 2 small snell hooks or egg hooks and tie them the lenght of the worm just like you would a sheater hook this increased my chances a great deal.HAVE FUN ON THE WATER!

HR | Posted: February 13, 2006

I use gold and silver and i land fish in a blink of a eye and if you want to be creative use some red on the spinner.

GOOD LUCK BROOKIES

santafishin | Posted: December 9, 2003

when my son's and I fished ANEROID lake and the mountain streams of EAGLE CAP wilderness area in Oregon. We were very successful in using small daredevil's with swivel 6# line, light spinning rod and reel. Yellow with black spots was a killer~plus the old stand by red and white. I am fortunate to have a black with white, it really nailed them.

Skinny | Posted: November 24, 2002

The Doctor spoon with the one side silver, and the other gold is all I use...

Good Luck

Dan Bickel | Posted: June 16, 2002

When fishing for brook trout, make sure to your tackle is ultra light. From your rod, to line, there is nothing worse than someone trying to fish for brook trout with a 7 foot rod and a 10lb test. Also, be stealth in your approach. Brook trout are very wily.

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