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Beautiful pics, beautiful fish, a beautiful state. What part of the state were/are you in? My folks live in New Haven and I usually get back there at least once a summer. Covid changed everything this year and I dearly missed my time in VT. A little slice of paradise there...

Thanks for sharing
 

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I pretty familiar with the area around Ludlow and Plymouth. I've been fishing that area a couple of times a year since 1980. Nice brookies. Never seen any that big in the streams I've fished. Didn't get up there this year because of the virus. My sister sold her old house and just brought one in Waitsfield not far from the Mad River. Now I've got a whole new area to learn. Hopefully next year.
 

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Waitsfield is a fantastic area, great fishing both sides of the mountains there. I fish mostly the western side, around Lincoln/Bristol and on down to Middlebury area.

And if you’re a skier, forgetaboutit! Mad River and Sugarbush are right there. Stowe is just to the north and if you’re on a tight budget or with kids, head 30 min south to the Middlebury Snow bowI. It’s a small hill that’s run by the college, offers decent terrain and kids ski for free on the bunny hill. Great folks there.
 

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Covid was an advantage for me.I am a teacher,so I taught in the morning and fished in the afternoon. I live in Mass and was fishing in Wilmington just over the border from Colrain about a 50 minute drive,well worth it. No one in sight ,found a couple of holes where the fish wanted to stay and play. It took the meat men about 6 weeks to find the fish,so it was a lot of fun this spring. The brookies were outasight!
 

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Nice! Those are some spectacular brookies. I was supposed to be at a wedding in Arlington in July, was looking forward to some time on the Battenkill. Covid.... The Wedding is rescheduled for next April, so I might be able to get in on the early part of VT trout season 🤞 .
 

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Covid was an advantage for me.I am a teacher,so I taught in the morning and fished in the afternoon. I live in Mass and was fishing in Wilmington just over the border from Colrain about a 50 minute drive,well worth it. No one in sight ,found a couple of holes where the fish wanted to stay and play. It took the meat men about 6 weeks to find the fish,so it was a lot of fun this spring. The brookies were outasight!
Is that the Deerfield River? I was there about a month ago just north of the Harriman Reservoir. It was my first time fishing that type of river (I’m a complete novice) and caught nothing. I’ve been practicing up on tightline/euro nymphing and would love to go back soon. There were definitely fish below the surface.

My buddy and his family have a place on Lake Raponda and we were catching perch and smallmouth all afternoon after I struck out at the Deerfield in the morning.
 

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Absolutely beautiful fish! If I interpreted your post correctly, it sounds like the fish eventually hit the frying pan. If they are wild, that's a real shame.
Because of the term “meat men”? I interpreted that as meaning bait casters/worn dunkers. True, it’d be a shame to see those fish in a pan.
 

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Absolutely beautiful fish! If I interpreted your post correctly, it sounds like the fish eventually hit the frying pan. If they are wild, that's a real shame.
Agreed, beautiful fish! I only keep a few fish a year and usually never large examples. However, I think it depends on where they were fishing and what kind of pressure there is. I’ll keep and eat wild cutthroat in remote Uinta Lakes. Because some are so hard to get to, I might be one of a dozen or less people in a year to access the lakes, let alone fish them. It also helps make up for the added weight of fishing gear in the pack if I can go a little light on food.
 
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