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I am a teacher and this year we brought in a lot of aquatic stuff, including the Trout in the Classroom program from TU, into our science lab. Feel free to check out the rest of the blog if you like The Herring Run Watershed Education Center. Anyway, We received Kamloops eggs Jan 6th and they have been growing quite well. The whole thing is pretty cool.
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Everyday I look at these things and I think about how I need a good pattern to match these bad boys in the box.

Anybody have any patterns they fish? Or any different ways of fishing them?
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Check out the Pale Alevin, Zalevin, and Mercer's Sac Fry. Alot of guys swear by them in spring time around here.
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Here is a nice little pattern that is well easy to tie - only three materials needed, and less than 5 mins per fly!
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Man I thought people were going to tell me all these stories about how awesome Alevin patterns were. I can't help but think how versatile a Alevin/fry pattern would be. You could fish it anyway you wanted: dead drift, drag on bottom, bottom bounce, wiggle, jiggle, even swing the thing and it wouldn't be wrong. I love that, a fly you can fish the heck out of. These little fish have to be protein packed especially in comparison with insects, maybe enough calories to move a fish a few feet on a cold winters day!

I realize you could probably get away with a small streamer, but I sat down at the bench Thursday night and gave these things my best guess. I made 2 or 3 Alevin like things that I wanted to give it a test drive. I would post a picture of what I came up with but 1. I lost them all and 2. they were not pretty. But when I do finish my "Hannibal Lecter" pattern I will let you know. They did however get the job done. I was lucky enough to get out of work just early enough to make my trip to the river worth while. An hour and a half of daylight was all I needed to give it a go.

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I never really thought of Alevin as a food source, I guess because cannibalism is kind of a creepy, terrible, disgusting, kind of the worse thing ever on the human level. However, if you think about it for trout what a great idea. In the stream where I fish, a tail-water, there is a short list of other species of fish and none of which are doing well. This leaves all of the eggs and in turn the Alevin at the whim of the trout. I can't help but think this is just another way that nature is redistributing the trout populations own energy to the fittest. It's a little counter-intuitive, but kind of awesome.

Anyway I am pumped about these things and I am going to fish the heck out of them this weekend so to be continued.....
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