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Favorite Coldwater Species


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Poll: Favorite Coldwater Species

Just what is your very favorite coldwater species?

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#16 Futzer

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 06:43 PM

The four biggest trout I have taken on dry flies smaller than 24s were 2 Yellowstone Cutty's, a Snake River Cutty, and Greenback Cutty. I love stalking prespawn Browns sitting off the bank a few inches with big meaty streamers. And I also love any big Brookie especially taken after a good hike at high elevation. Grayling are fun cause they are weird, hard to find in the lower 48 and they shimmer a purple hue right out of the water, I have landed a 15-inch grayling in Utah. I have never landed a Bull trout, but they are on my list, or a true Muskie. I have landed a 47-inch Tiger Muskie, and a 50-inch Pike on flies. Never gotten to fish Atlantic salmon, I think they are out of my fun coupon range. Steelhead are way too cool, and I have had a few on my line, but never to hand, any fish that can swim up hill, 1200 miles and 1500 feet of elevation has my respect. Golden trout are fun, but all I have landed were at night, so I never got a really good look or ever kept one. Splake are fun and weird in a Brookie humpback kind of way, I have caught a dozen or so of them in Colorado.

So how did I vote, Cutthroat all the way, so many different types of Cutties, and so little time. The innocence of the cutthroat take on a dry just got me.

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#17 lilmoosecountry

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Posted 08 July 2009 - 02:09 PM

No Trout has more spunk pound for pound than the Brook Trout

#18 salmo-salar

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Posted 08 July 2009 - 03:25 PM

Stalking browns is a lot of fun, espeically when you only have 1 shot at them. Landed a chunky 18' inch brown today in crystal clear water. I definitely spend most of my fishing time casting for browns.

As I know them, brook trout are fearless, spunky, beautiful, and a joy to catch and eat.

I voted the Atlantic salmon, because they are the ultimate challenge. They are king.



#19 flydude

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Posted 09 July 2009 - 12:13 AM

Cuthroat all the way. Way fun to catch. Cook them up on the grill and salt them up, YUM its delicious. biggrin.gif
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#20 smalltownfisherman

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 09:35 AM

I voted for northern. Nothing can compare to those big nasty bitin' teeth! bugeyes.gif
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#21 Jeff Welker

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 12:32 PM

Cutthroat - Specifically Salmo Apache.

#22 smallieFanatic

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 12:36 PM

I hear ya
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#23 jwilson

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 03:35 PM

I'd have to say brookies because out of all those species, I've caught the most brook trout. headbang.gif

#24 Wellman

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 03:41 PM

What no hybrids?? Voted Brookie (Got to love living 2 hours away from Barbe Lake the holder of the Brook Trout World record)

Where I'm from almost every Trout lake has a hybrid.

Splake - Brook Trout and Lake Trout

Tiger Trout - Brook Trout and Brown Trout (My favorite just the most beautiful colors)

Sparr -Brook Trout and an Arctic Char


#25 Firetiger

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 07:06 PM

Voted for Grayling; I love the way my hands smell after I touch them - true ladies of the stream ;-)

#26 smallieFanatic

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 08:38 PM

QUOTE (Wellman @ Jul 11 2009, 04:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What no hybrids?? Voted Brookie (Got to love living 2 hours away from Barbe Lake the holder of the Brook Trout World record)

Where I'm from almost every Trout lake has a hybrid.

Splake - Brook Trout and Lake Trout

Tiger Trout - Brook Trout and Brown Trout (My favorite just the most beautiful colors)

Sparr -Brook Trout and an Arctic Char




It would take up too many spaces to list all the hybrids! Thats why there is a "_______________ I missed" choice.



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Voted for Grayling; I love the way my hands smell after I touch them - true ladies of the stream ;-)



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#27 crappiekid24

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 12:57 PM

I voted Brook Trout but Brown Trout is a close 2nd with Steelhead (Great Lakes) close behind that.

#28 LeviD

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 06:58 PM

voted for the rainbow trout i especially like fishing for them
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#29 2bonthewater

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 09:39 AM

I voted for Chinook ( king salmon ) for a few reasons..........they only run rivers in the fall and you need to plan your trip a year in advance........they strike like a freight train........they tear line off a reel like no other freshwater fish I have encountered........now, the only place I have fished for them is in Pulaski, NY........so, they are not sea run fish.....I can only dream of the day I can encounter a sea run Chinook..........not sure I can afford it in my lifetime.......

All I know is that when they strike your fly........it is usually like someone just tried to rip one of your arms off............

I love my troutie fishing..........but, it I had my choice...........I would fish for Chinook Salmon....with the Steelhead and Coho salmon coming in a close 2nd and 3rd
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Posted 17 July 2009 - 03:32 PM

Suicidal great lakes steelhead for me.
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