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  1. #11
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    May 2014
    Iowa, WY roots

    Default Re: PA, has some very huge browns

    Mousing, that's the ticket for night fishing I hear. Do a web search for "Hook Shots mousing" for a couple of amusing videos of the Upper Deleware and northern Michigan mousing.

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    Default Re: PA, has some very huge browns

    That is a beautiful fish. There is nothing better than a colored up brown. I would say 24-26” and 4-6 lbs.

    It’s a Lake Erie fish I believe.

    John Nagy's Steelhead Journal: The Brownies are back in Steelhead Alley by John Nagy

    This is why I love Great Lakes tribs fishing.

    “If I fished only to capture fish, my fishing trips would have ended long ago.”
    ~Zane Grey

    " . . . shouldn't a man stand on his own two feet and catch his own steelhead? Maybe put out some effort and find his own fish just for the fun of it?"
    ~Syd Glasso

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  4. Default Re: PA, has some very huge browns

    I caught a 22 inch brown out of Boiling Springs outside of Carlyle about 10 years ago. Unfortunately I lost the photo. The stream was significantly different 4 years ago and little success.

  5. #14
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    Aug 2013
    Marana ,Hellazonia . Idaho , Utah , Mt , NM and Wyoming at different times of the year .

    Default Re: PA, has some very huge browns

    The big guy at the San Juan was caught again this past July , supposedly 28 lbs !
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  7. #15
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    May 2009
    SE Pennsylvania

    Default Re: PA, has some very huge browns

    Quote Originally Posted by sparsegraystubble View Post
    The biggest brown I ever saw in the flesh in PA was brought into the newspaper where I worked. It was almost 30 inches long and had been caught in a tiny tributary of Bald Eagle Creek by a 9-year-old. The kid had a little trout take his worm and then the big brown came from nowhere and nailed the little trout.

    And I tried night fishing in PA on Big Fishing Creek in 1964 and caught a bat on my back cast as well. I chickened out and cut the leader instead of tryin to unhook the bat.

    LOL. I got the night fishing bug after reading a book from Jim Bashline called "Night Fishing for Trout". I think it's out of print but if you can rustle up a copy I highly recommend you do so. He apparently was a bad drunk but a hell of a fisherman and a funny writer. So my 23 year old self ran out to the big hole up on Big Fishing Creek (Anyone who has fished that streams knows what I'm talking about) and my result was also a bat. Got him in the arm and that was the end of my fishing.

    Pennsylvania has such a potential to be a far better fishery than it currently is, and I'd argue it could be on par with some western states but the ingrained culture of put and take and the game commission's absolute fear of losing license dollars if they don't dump stockers into every public access point will keep it from being so. Don't get me wrong, there is amazing fishing in this state. We have some of the most famous waters in North America, but fishing pressure is absolutely through the roof and the big boys only come out at night now. We probably have 20-25 other waters that could be as good as Penns Creek and Slate Run and others but they currently fall prey to the put and take culture we have where every good ol' boy feels it is his God given right to weave 6 trout through the gills and take them home to the frying pan. These waters are absolutely hammered for about 3-4 weeks until the stockers (and some planters and natives) are harvested and then the rods are put away until next April.

    While PA doesn't have the water supply of western states, we arguably have a longer growing season and more food available to our fish. We just can't get away from the culture of pounding waters and keeping loads of fish.

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    99.5% that's a great lakes fish if it was caught in PA, which are significantly larger and heavier than what you'll find on the average stream in PA/western NY,
    "There's only one thing wrong with a fishing day--its staggering brevity.” – Zane Grey

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooutlaw View Post
    Maybe you haven't hit the right sections of the North Platte.....Yet?

    miracle mile brown trout - Google Search

    grey reef brown trout - Google Search

    what he said............................

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  12. #18
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    Sep 2013
    Findlay, Ohio

    Default Re: PA, has some very huge browns

    Almost definitely lake run fish. They follow the steelhead in. At trout run in the nursery water you can pick them out pretty easily. Usually just a few among hundreds of steelhead. We did watch several get caught from the beach one day a couple years ago and would occasionally spot them in the lower stretches of tribs. I don't know if they come as far in as the steelhead do. They are every bit as big as that one looks. The ones we saw caught were 25"-30" but really fat compared to the steelhead.

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