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River: Yampa River - Steamboat Springs
Fish: Brown Trout

Big Brown - New Lures

Post By: Ajreed8      Posted: 11/23/2014 1:00:11 PM     Points: 1292    
I had a chance to fish the Yampa for some browns on Friday with the new Dynamic Lures that I ordered. For those of you who read my previous post, you know that on my first 2 (short) outings I had little luck with the HD Trout lures that I purchased from a local shop. On late Thursday afternoon my amazon order arrived late making me wait till Friday afternoon to get out and try them.

Typically, I have great success with Brown Trout pattern lures when fishing for… Browns. This fall however, I have not had the greatest luck with the Brown patterns I have. Being that I just got a new HD Brown I thought I would give it a try. Thinking maybe they just want something a little different. Only took a couple casts when I hit my first fish. It was dancing on the surface of the water in the fast section of the current and after a couple leaps out of the water, he shook himself off.

I wasn’t at all convinced that it was the problem, but the first thing that popped in my head was the hooks. I decided to fish on telling myself if I continue to loose fish or miss hits then the first thing I will do is go get new hooks. It only took a couple extra casts and another fish was on. Focusing on keeping the line tight I was just expecting a small Brown because there wasn’t much of a fight. When I got the fish closer to the bank I was well surprised. It was not a small Brown it was a mid-sized Brookie (first picture)! Has anyone that has spent some time around the Chuck Lewis area ever seen a Brookie come out of the Yampa? I know it is possible with Sarvis Creek not too far up stream, but in the few years that I have been fishing it, this was definitely a first! Never heard nor seen of one in that area.

I went back to the hole I had started on and decided to try a RT pattern Rapala because this hole has produced some nice Rainbows in the past. Ended up landing a very nice and healthy 19” Rainbow after a few casts. (pic 2)

The Day went on as made my way up stream and I finally landed a nice Brown as well as a smaller one still fishing with the HD Brown pattern. My phone was not cooperating and I didn’t want to mess around with the fish to much so I let them both go without a photo. I fished for a while longer reaching the end of the CL area so I decided to tie on the glimmer trout J-spec pattern and head back down to the truck. Nothing too special happened on the way back, but I did get a pretty nice picture of a small Brown that took the J-spec half his size.. (pic 3)

Finally, I got a call from my brother who met me at a fishing spot over towards where we live. I had been having luck with the Browns over there so I decided to go back to the HD Brown pattern. The last couple times I was out there I had a couple follows from what looked to be a decent size brown. My brother took a different trail to reach the opposite side of the river from me.

As he was walking across the river upstream from me I hooked into what at first seemed like a normal sized fish until it took a turn downstream and made a pretty nice run. I added a couple clicks to my drag because I could now feel his size and did not want to lose him. After a couple minutes of small runs he started to lose his energy and let me carry him back up stream. As I got him in close I could tell he was a nice fish and thought to myself maybe this is the MA Brown that I have been searching for the last two falls. I took him straight to the edge of the water with my tape measure already in hand. Luckily, I had done it! Being that my brother could not give me a hand I did my best to lay a tape measure over the fish and get the best measurement I could.

Tail un-tipped and mouth open the fish measured out to be a solid 22 and ˝ inches (pictures 4 - 7). It would just be a guess, but with a proper measurement I bet it would have been a little over 23. With the river already getting a little icy it was a great day with some new (and old) lures, a few nice fish, a surprise species, and a PB Brown to end the day and possibly even the river season with the snow and colder temps back in town. Glad I decided to purchase some Dynamic lures before the season was over! Definitely a great product and can’t wait to get out there and try them again. Maybe catch a Rainbow with one next time around…

Tight Lines all! Now it’s time for some ice!!

 Reply by: Ajreed8      Posted: 11/23/2014 1:01:11 PM     Points: 1292    
 Reply by: Ajreed8      Posted: 11/23/2014 1:01:43 PM     Points: 1292    
One last photo showing the lure a little bit..
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 11/23/2014 2:07:34 PM     Points: 49636    
congrats - glad that worked well for you
 Reply by: pikeNcolorado      Posted: 11/23/2014 7:20:24 PM     Points: 17421    
I'm no trout expert, but are you sure that is a Brookie in the first pic? Well done on the big boy.
 Reply by: JoeBifty      Posted: 11/23/2014 7:39:40 PM     Points: 40    
Landed a nice 13" brookie right in town summer before last - surprised me a bit, too.
 Reply by: sportfisher      Posted: 11/23/2014 8:23:43 PM     Points: 4525    
Nice brown indeed. Congrats and good pictures.
PikeN is right, that looks like a splake to me. Mabye someone could jump in and identify it for sure.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 11/23/2014 8:35:10 PM     Points: 49636    
does look like a splake, Would be easier if we saw the dorsal
 Reply by: Ajreed8      Posted: 11/23/2014 10:31:18 PM     Points: 1292    
Due to the blue halo around the red spots on the body and worm like pattern along its back and along the dorsal fin (both things hard to see due to the sun and way I am holding the fish) I figured it was a Brookie. Those differences were something my friends dad explained to me one time when we were fishing down around Williams Fork for Pike and my buddy landed a Splake. Or so we were told.. I have landed a few Brookies that looked a little odd to me so I always refer back to what he said. Just as I did here.

How could a Splake end up here? The closest place that I would think they would come from is the Colorado River and that is hundreds of miles of stream/river water away. I know it is possible that they are here just doesn't seem very likely to me.

I am no expert on the matter either, just went with the little advice I have been given in the past to make the determination.
 Reply by: Dangly      Posted: 11/24/2014 3:56:52 AM     Points: 238    
splake was what I thought too. either way its a surprise in that river and a nice fish. congrats on your PB. way to go.
 Reply by: pikeNcolorado      Posted: 11/24/2014 9:59:40 AM     Points: 17421    
I didn't see the marking either. I was just trying to help because you asked about how brookies got in there. Splake was my first thought as well. Not important, what is important is that you got to try out some new lures and landed some nice fish. Welcome to the dark side. Haha
 Reply by: WapitiStalker      Posted: 11/24/2014 11:20:46 AM     Points: 0    
A splake is a cross between a brookie and what? Lake trout?
 Reply by: pikeNcolorado      Posted: 11/24/2014 11:56:38 AM     Points: 17421    
Yes. It has a slightly forked tail not as drastic as a laker. It also has the white markings of the brookie on the fins. The brookies will have blue dots with red centers.
 Reply by: MAC ATTACK      Posted: 11/24/2014 1:50:46 PM     Points: 29957    
From Wikipedia,
Splake:
The splake or slake (Salvelinus namaycush X Salvelinus fontinalis) is a hybrid of two fish species resulting from the crossing of a male brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) and a female lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush). The name itself is a portmanteau of speckled trout (another name for brook trout) and lake trout, and may have been used to describe such hybrids as early as the 1880s.

[1] Hybrids of the male lake trout with the female brook trout (the so-called "brookinaw") have also been produced, but are not as successful.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 11/24/2014 2:11:46 PM     Points: 26914    
The million dollar question... How do you tell a splake from a brookinaw?
 Reply by: Catfish Johnson      Posted: 11/24/2014 3:33:10 PM     Points: 1681    
You need to take them to the maury povich show for a DNA test.

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