Brook Trout Alternative

Photo by Joseph Stine
Photo by Joseph Stine

Guest Blogger: Chuck Holmes

I am sure after this article I will be accused of blasphemy, but, I am amazed at how some fly fishers rave over catching a six inch brook trout. I know they get much bigger, but a lot of the photos I see on Facebook and other sites are of very small fish. I live in Ohio and there are not a lot of opportunities to catch brookies. West Virginia has a great trout stocking program for rainbows and browns, but brook trout are native to some of their smaller streams. Shortly after I got into fly fishing, one of our club members organized a trip to West Virginia. He said we were going to a small stream where we could catch native brook trout. Since I had never caught any trout on a fly, I was looking forward to the adventure. We drove six hours to get to the stream that was part of the Elk River system. We checked into the lodge where we were staying and settled in for a good night’s sleep, my dreams filled with visions of 20 inch brook trout we would catch the next day.

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