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Re: Ditch at Big Spring Creek, Cumberland County Pa

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If they try that, I'll happily plant some browns from the Letort in there.

Posted on: 10/17 16:44


Re: Ditch at Big Spring Creek, Cumberland County Pa

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So, even if a geneticist/biologist was able to obtain data showing the brookies are not 100% hertitage strain (which is most likely, but not yet conclusive) I personally wouldn't deem them any lesser than a pure strain Brookie.
I don't think these fisheries can afford favoritisms over one type of trout over the other. After all, most of Big Spring below the C&R area is about fishless the whole way to the Mill, other than early season stockings. A stream of this quality should not have to rely on planted trout.
For me, what it boils down to is that upper Big Spring remains a stronghold for wild brook trout -pure or not. Even if there are a handful of other limestone/influenced streams that have Class A brook pops, some of them that I've visited, and each as valuable as any limestone stream, but not comparable to Big Spring which is (in fishermens lingo) a "true spring creek".

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Re: Ditch at Big Spring Creek, Cumberland County Pa

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Here's the rub regarding a supposed heritage strain (of anything). Genes constantly change with each successive generation due to a variety of factors. There isn't a "pure" brook trout strain, it's either a brook trout, or not.

Some think there are Loch Leven or German brown trout strains in the wild, but only a brown trout born in Loch Leven, is a Loch Leven brown trout. A wild brown trout born in Pennsylvania, is a Pennsylvania brown trout. Even clones of Loch Leven trout are Loch Leven, unless they're raised there. An organism's environment weighs heavily on it's genetic makeup.

Posted on: 10/18 23:00



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