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Old 01-20-2008, 01:18 PM
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Default What's your "bread and butter" species?

I'm guessing most of us love to go off pursuing a fish that we don't normally get to catch because it isn't found in our locale, but what is the species that keeps you going in the meantime?

For me, it's bluegills, with largemouth bass a close second. I love to take a vacation for trout, but 'gills and bass keep the lines tight most of the time.
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I catch more quite a bit more brown trout than anything else. The rainbow trout are tough to find right now in southwest, mt, because of whirling. They are around, bu not near the numbers of browns.
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Lately sticks have been my "bread and butter" species. Willow sticks, tree bark, grass and rocks. Caught a nice 22" willow branch last week that put up one heck of a fight........
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I'm gonna have to say Bluegills and large mouth. The are all over the place in central NJ and I have a pond about 2 minutes away so I can always toss a bugger out and catch a bunch.

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Got ya beat fishstick, Last week I caught a 20ton bridge. Last time I take the wife fishing to, She wouldnt let me take it home and put it on the living room wall. Can you imagine the taxidermy bill for that one?
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I catch more quite a bit more brown trout than anything else. The rainbow trout are tough to find right now in southwest, mt, because of whirling. They are around, bu not near the numbers of browns.
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I didn't realize different trout species were more or less susceptible to whirling disease. Sounds like browns aren't but rainbows are. How susceptible are Cutthroats?
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I believe only browns are immune to Whirling disease, flyfish77 has more info on whirling disease if he reads this.
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I believe only browns are immune to Whirling disease, flyfish77 has more info on whirling disease if he reads this.
When I as getting my bachelors from Montana State, I spent a good part of a year working on a whirling disease study with some graduate students. Theory has it that because the Brown trouts native waters have had whirling disease for some time, the species actually evolved an immunity to the disease. This doesn't mean that they do not catch it, they are just not as likely to get it as Raibows. I have found that Cutthroats are a very vulnerable fish. Although I am not positive about whilring disease, I am pretty sure they can and do get it. I used to also shock fish on the Yellowstone river and we found that the cutthroats often died as a result from the shock, unlike the other species we shocked. Regardless, rainbows should evolve a immunity to the disease much like the Browns. I just don't know if we will see it in our lifetime.

*NOTE - I am not an ichtheology expert nor will I ever claim to be. Although I hold a bechelors in fish and wildife management, I do not work in that field. It has been a while since I took all the classes and it they very broad base at best.
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Brown trout on the Savage River in Western Maryland are my go to fish. That's because there are more of them than the rainbows (few) or the brookies. They are good fighters too!
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TROUT!! Rainbows mostly, or a brown every now and then. I still like to pond fish for bass, bream and catfish, but I love to wade the river. I've been trout fishing for about 15 years now and I just hit the ponds to keep from going through fishing withdrawls..
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