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The grand finale

Post By: Bennyb SST      Posted: 11/15/2022 2:16:49 PM     Points: 218    
The grand finale ⚡️
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Well it was a fun series to make but this specific lake has frozen over! From beautiful Browns to vibrant Char I’m thankful for every day spent fly fishing. Time for some ice fishing! Here’s the Final episode of The Brown Trout Chronicles “Hook Jaw Henry” Fly Fishing Colorado for MONSTER TROUT & HUGE CHAR - Brown Trout Chronicle's Episode 5 'HOOKJAW'
Thank you all for the support. Enjoy
 Reply by: Bennyb SST      Posted: 11/15/2022 2:17:40 PM     Points: 218
More pics from episode
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 11/15/2022 3:01:54 PM     Points: 69345
on this forum we ALL know that body of water. And I'm about 99% certain those aren't char since the only place I know that has char in this state is Dillon only 1 of two places in the entire lower 48 that has them. One of the fish you released I believe is a tiger (at the 1:09 mark) and I believe what you're calling char are splake. [log in for link] I'll try to remember to reach out to the biologist to see if they added char. Very happy to see the size on those browns. BTW like, the Delaneys, they collect brown trout eggs there too
 Reply by: KSkelly      Posted: 11/15/2022 3:14:37 PM     Points: 0
Splake, for sure.
 Reply by: Piscifer      Posted: 11/15/2022 6:26:22 PM     Points: 44
Splake, lake trout and brookies are all varieties of char. They're not arctic char, but they're char.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 11/15/2022 8:39:52 PM     Points: 69345
Piscifer - you are correct sir.. but I maintain, the title is misleading. I don't know how many years I've been on the forum.. but this is the first that Lakers, Brookies or Splake have been identified by anything other than Lakers, Brookies or Splake here. On the other hand, there is a first for everything.

P.S. I am a bit envious.. have fished there many times and have yet to catch a Splake and the ones in the vid are gorgeous.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 11/16/2022 5:31:01 AM     Points: 177
I need a better camera!! Nice job fellas.
 Reply by: randog      Posted: 11/16/2022 1:50:38 PM     Points: 1737
Angler wannabe. Two lakes in the lower 48 with artic char, Dillon is one the other one also public. See attached picture
 Reply by: Troutbisquits      Posted: 11/17/2022 9:41:20 AM     Points: 1003
Lol Randog. You would have to be ridiculously lucky to catch a Char in that other lake. There are also giant lake trout in that lake, but very few are caught.
 Reply by: randog      Posted: 11/17/2022 10:05:59 AM     Points: 1737
Angler, yeah but still there is the opportunity. Fact is it makes it 2 lakes in Colorado. 🤷
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 11/17/2022 10:17:20 AM     Points: 69345
that is cool if there are two lakes here in CO that have Arctic Char. You will have to teach me your ways.. as I still only see Dillon having them. [log in for link]

Something cool about CO in general is just how many cool species of fish we have here we can target
 Reply by: ADub TT      Posted: 11/19/2022 8:49:53 PM     Points: 426
Nice nice nice Benny, you guys whooped up on that water! Don’t know if you ever go on weekends, maybe see you there sometime? -A
 Reply by: devon234      Posted: 11/20/2022 10:28:49 AM     Points: 301
It seems completely ridiculous to put arctic char in a lake with warm water fish. They are called ARCTIC char. Instead of putting them in a lake where they probably won't do any good use the resource to maintain the fishery in Dillon where there has been some success of them having natural recruitment.
 Reply by: Wmdunker      Posted: 11/20/2022 7:35:05 PM     Points: 463
It seems that the original post called the fish that were not obviously Brownies, a Char, not an Arctic Char. Char are a subspecies of the Salmonidae family which includes Brook trout, Lake trout, Bull trout, Arctic char and others. The Rainbow, Cutthroat, and other are true trout, not char. Since Splake are a sterile hybrid resulting from the crossing of a Brook trout with a Lake trout (both a species of Char), they are technically a Char. In biology there always seems to be a back and forth between the lumpers and the splitters which can result in a fair amount of confusion when talking individual species, especially when you start throwing in sterile hybrids. Like for instance Tiger trout which are a sterile hybrid between a Brown trout and a Brook trout. Is it a Trout or a Char, or both??????????? I hope I am not further muddying the water so to speak. Just my 2 cents worth.
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: 11/21/2022 11:40:53 AM     Points: 3017
That was an excellent hidden tiger trout there. Love seeing those
 Reply by: Bennyb SST      Posted: 11/24/2022 9:43:08 PM     Points: 218
Thank you guys all for the information! Yes, I was pretty sure they were Splake. A lot of people were telling me they were brookies. I think I just labeled it char. They are some beautiful Splake nonetheless. I have only been flyfishing in Colorado for six months now. So I’m still learning a lot. Thanks for the corrections and I will have it right next time.

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