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Big Spring Cr., Cumberland Co., 12/21/2012

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With today supposedly going to be the end of the world, I figured that I better give Big Spring one more go, before it was all gone. I fished from 0830am to 0230pm, under a cloudy sky and windy conditions. The water was its typical 54 degrees and clear. I did not see anything going on with regards to hatches, but it would have been tough to detect any hatches anyways, with the windy conditions.

I covered a lot of water today, mostly throwing scuplins to the undercut banks. I stayed out of the water, because I noticed brook trout spawning in the upper stretches and in the ditch. I did not target any spawning fish, but I did make an observation that the wild rainbows in the newly restored area were stacked behind the spawning brookies and having a field day on the eggs floating down. I guess it is a double edged sword, because I have never witnessed much brookie spawning in that area prior to the restorations, so it was nice to see them down there, but I don't know how much success they will have with rainbows eating up their eggs.

I took a good number of fish, at about a three to one ratio of rainbows to brook trout. The fish of the day was a 18inch wild bow that had some sort of sore or infection on its gill plate, but was still a beautiful wild trout. I did take some rainbows nymphing scuds further down on the stream, but the majority of fish took streamers. Merry Christmas to everyone, and I hope you all wet a line soon!!!

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Posted on: 2012/12/21 15:59


Re: Big Spring Cr., Cumberland Co., 12/21/2012

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Those are some real nice brook trout. I dont think rainbows eating the drifting eggs has any effect on the success of the spawn, because the second an egg is washed out of a redd it is dead.

Posted on: 2012/12/21 16:25


Re: Big Spring Cr., Cumberland Co., 12/21/2012

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Very nice haul 3wt. Limestoner Brookies are a very cool thing.

Posted on: 2012/12/21 16:37


Re: Big Spring Cr., Cumberland Co., 12/21/2012

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That last brookie is a beaut. Looks more like some of the free stoners I catch in the Fall than it does a limestone brookie!

Posted on: 2012/12/21 16:40


Re: Big Spring Cr., Cumberland Co., 12/21/2012

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Some very pretty fish!

Posted on: 2012/12/21 16:58


Re: Big Spring Cr., Cumberland Co., 12/21/2012

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Beautiful fish!!

Posted on: 2012/12/21 17:08


Re: Big Spring Cr., Cumberland Co., 12/21/2012
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3WT,
Some beautiful fish there (as usual).
Please check your PM

Posted on: 2012/12/21 18:47


Re: Big Spring Cr., Cumberland Co., 12/21/2012

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Sweet!

Posted on: 2012/12/21 18:49
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Re: Big Spring Cr., Cumberland Co., 12/21/2012

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Great report, and beautiful fish.

FYI I also use a 3wt, but with a 6X

1wt AKA 3wt6x


Posted on: 2012/12/21 18:50


Re: Big Spring Cr., Cumberland Co., 12/21/2012

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beautiful fish.

what type of streamers were you fishing mister ?

Posted on: 2012/12/21 20:38
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Re: Big Spring Cr., Cumberland Co., 12/21/2012

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geebee,
Nothing fancy, just barbell eyes with a wool head and a zonker strip tail. Cut the wool head to form a scuplin head and use a black marker to give the olive head and tail some stripes.

Posted on: 2012/12/21 21:53


Re: Big Spring Cr., Cumberland Co., 12/21/2012

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3W7X,

What size hook?

Posted on: 2012/12/21 22:16


Re: Big Spring Cr., Cumberland Co., 12/21/2012

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Good stuff

Posted on: 2012/12/21 23:19
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Re: Big Spring Cr., Cumberland Co., 12/21/2012

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Awesome fish!! Makes me want to get out, if only it hadn't poured last night...

Posted on: 2012/12/22 1:01


Re: Big Spring Cr., Cumberland Co., 12/21/2012

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looks good bud. Love that stream.

Posted on: 2012/12/22 2:39
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