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Is this a fallfish?
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SubmittertailingloopMore Photos from tailingloop   Last Update2012/12/3 9:07
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I thought I hooked into a larger brown at Valley Creek when I drifted a heavy bugger down into a deep undercut tree/pool. This is what came to hand. I think its a fallfish but I am not sure.  It fought significantly harder than a brown of the same size.

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Swattie87
Posted: 2012/12/3 9:24  Updated: 2012/12/4 9:29
Joined: 2011/5/3
From: South Lebanon Township, PA
Posts: 1914
 Re: Is this a fallfish?
Yep, Fallfish, no question. That's a pretty big one, but I agree...they will outpull a Trout of equal mass any day.
Fishidiot
Posted: 2012/12/3 22:04  Updated: 2012/12/3 22:04
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Joined: 2006/9/9
From: Gettysburg
Posts: 9020
 Re: Is this a fallfish?
I'll second Swattie's comments.
tailingloop
Posted: 2012/12/4 8:35  Updated: 2012/12/4 8:35
Joined: 2012/10/25
From: SEPA
Posts: 27
 Re: Is this a fallfish?
The pool I caught him in, I have always been fairly certain holds a larger brown. Every time I am there I fish it but have never caught a thing. When I hooked this fish, the rod bent in half and the fish stripped line as it swam into the current. It was a stronger fish than I have ever experienced at this creek. I was really hoping 20 inch brown! Apparently, fallfish like olive buggers just like everything else...
Swattie87
Posted: 2012/12/4 9:38  Updated: 2012/12/4 9:38
Joined: 2011/5/3
From: South Lebanon Township, PA
Posts: 1914
 Re: Is this a fallfish?
Yeah, Fallfish will eat (or attempt to eat) just about anything, and rarely are picky. They're very opportunistic and very aggressive. If they're in a pool with a Brown Trout or a Smallmouth, they'll beat the Trout or Bass to your fly 9 times out of 10...kinda annoying when they're usually not what you're after. In WW streams in the Summer, they'll hold in typical "Trout lies"...faster water and current seams, and will often take dry flies. This time of year, they're holed up in the deeper, slack water like most other fish species.

Their fight is kind of unique IMO. They make vertical runs through the water column...up to the surface, then back to the bottom. This repeats until you get them close when they generally go absolutely nuts...I've been given more baths by Fallfish than Smallies and Trout combined and I think they see your legs sometimes as shelter as I've had many slam into my legs as I was trying to land them...even had one get off and leave the hook in me while doing this.
velosue65
Posted: 2012/12/11 18:09  Updated: 2012/12/11 18:09
Joined: 2012/8/11
From: Western Pennsylvania
Posts: 2
 Re: Is this a fallfish?
Definitely a fallfish as repeated by the others. I caught a fallfish for the first time earlier this past summer on my local creek. This area was too warm to support trout so I wasn't expecting to catch something that big. (It was 17.5 ") What a fight. Since then I've found fishing for them quite a lot of fun when the bite is off for other species (bass and panfish mostly). I started catching them this fall/early winter at Glendale Lake on nymphs and they are much spookier on the lakes but a lot of fun and a great challenge. :)
dc410
Posted: 2012/12/20 18:11  Updated: 2012/12/20 18:11
Joined: 2012/3/14
From: Lancaster
Posts: 936
 Re: Is this a fallfish?
That's a good size fallfish. Some of them get colored up nicely on the cheek and fins this time of year. I got into one this summer in the 16-17" range while fishing for smallies. He took a size 4 deep Clouser minnow and hammered it! Say what you want to about chubs but they are a whole lot of fun on a fly rod IMO.
tailingloop
Posted: 2012/12/21 7:41  Updated: 2012/12/21 7:41
Joined: 2012/10/25
From: SEPA
Posts: 27
 Re: Is this a fallfish?
Yeah, if I am not catching anything else, I'll certainly take a fall fish. At least its wild! Check out those fins!





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