Thursday, October 7, 2010
Fall Browns: Yea or Nay?
I grew up fishing in Arizona, a state not well known for its trout fishing. Yet, those who look a bit deeper will find a state containing scores of fantastic wild brown trout streams (see photo at left of my old man with a slab of an AZ brown). These streams are not stocked with browns, their populations are entirely dependent upon natural recruitment. I learned early on the value of these fragile brown trout fisheries. The quality of fisheries such as Chevelon Creek, Diamond Creek, Haigler Creek and many more are almost entirely dependent upon the presence of wild browns. Due to the importance of these trout, there was an unwritten rule amongst anglers: DON'T DISTURB SPAWNING BROWNS!!
With few exceptions (ie: Bright Angel Creek) I adhered to the rule then, as I try to do now. Yet I see fellow anglers - including many which I generally consider to be very ethical - targeting spawning browns in Montana rivers.
So I pose the question: What is your stance on fishing for fall browns?
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