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Old 01-04-2008, 02:15 PM
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Maybe all fly guys should become better bird hunters, Two good things come of this, one we help save the fish, two: we get more tying feathers.
Im not sure that ducks unlimeted would have the same out look tho,

Rover did ya fish walnut creek? I moved from Erie, Sure miss that creek. How was the fishing there?
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Read this and tell me what it says to you, cut and pasted excerpt from the link.

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The mallard is a common species of waterfowl that frequents northeastern aquaculture facilities. However, the predation problems it poses occur in isolated situations. Where predation situations do occur, mallards achieve extremely high densities throughout the day and have adapted to feed in trout raceways stocked with high densities of smaller fish. In these situations, mallards generally consume 4 fish per hour, with the fish averaging 4, but sometimes reaching 6, inches in length. In other situations, mallards may feed on only aquatic vegetation or fish feed, so careful observations are essential to determine whether losses of fish are occurring.
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Key words in that extract are "aquaculture facilities" - hatcheries.

Amazing a mallard can eat so much. I think the real predator on the stream is the blue heron at a capacity of 2.2 fish per hour - granted all the stats in that article are hatchery based and are probably the max they can snag since the conditions are probably optimal.

Wish I could fish that well!
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Another key word would be "isolated situations", I would hate to see people go away with the idea that a Mallard is a threat to the fish population.

The Mallard by nature is not a meat eater, and prefers aquatic vegetation and insects.
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Maybe all fly guys should become better bird hunters, Two good things come of this, one we help save the fish, two: we get more tying feathers.
Im not sure that ducks unlimeted would have the same out look tho,

Rover did ya fish walnut creek? I moved from Erie, Sure miss that creek. How was the fishing there?

I wouldn't mind a few extra feathers.

I havent gotten around to walnut lately. Elk has been prime so far this season. But the first time up this year we hit walnut and did very well.
It's a shame that you had to move a way from such a wonderful place.
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Anybody ever calculate the nuber of birds domestic cats kill...the number is equal to or greater than the number of fish the birds poach.

I guess it all evens out.

If I find the link I will post it.
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