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TroutnutJuly 29th, 2008, 1:05 pm
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2737
Here's a neat link to a new story about a guy who's caught 60,000 trout:,0,1546581.story

Apparently he's always fishing for numbers in small streams, rather than trying to mix it up and fish some larger rivers for larger fish.

I'm curious if anyone here does that, doing all your fishing with the goal of catching as many fish -- even if they're very small -- as possible.

Personally, I like to go for numbers like that once in a while, just as a novelty for a day trip, but then I mix it up the next day.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
TrtklrJuly 29th, 2008, 2:09 pm

Posts: 115
If CATCHING TROUT was all that made my day I would just go to the planted ponds where you can pay to fish. I think I can speak for a whole lot of people when I say it isn't any one thing, when it's something you love to do it's about the whole experience.
I have seen nothing more beautiful than the sunrise on a cold stream.
DreedeeJuly 29th, 2008, 2:57 pm
Posts: 16You can have John Gierach. That guy is the real trout bum. I could never get into the number thing like that. But to each his, etc. I just like the dude, have an affinity for blue-collar fly fishers.
WbranchJuly 29th, 2008, 3:54 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733
Well I wonder how he'll be feeling when the hordes come to Pohopoco Creek now that he is enjoying his fifteen minutes of fame. Each to his own madness I guess but I'd rather catch one 20" wild brown than 200 8" - 9" midgets.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
RleePJuly 29th, 2008, 4:10 pm
NW PA - Pennsylvania's Glacial Pothole Wonderland

Posts: 398
There are folks who do this sort of thing. You'll sometimes hear them disparaged by other anglers (particularly fly anglers, unfortunately) on the grounds that they've violated some tenet or another of the "mystical/anti-competitive/it isn't the destination, its the journey" credo of the sport.

While such intensive, regimented counting isn't for me, I don't mind it. We're all wired differently.

Back when I was a publications editor for TU in Pennsylvania, I met a pair (actually there are 4, as I recall, but I only knew 2..) of spin fishing brothers who were wild trout nuts and equally obsessive about counting fish. They were deadly on small water and often had combined days well in excess of 200 fish and annual catches often in excess of 5,000 trout. Each...

There was no small amount of animosity towards these guys in some TU circles for having the temerity to fish for wild trout with spinners and the gall to catch so many fish.

But here's the thing... They were both strong TUer's who put a lot of their personal time into working on behalf of the resource. One of the brothers was a TU chapter newsletter editor who won a Best In Nation award for his efforts as an editor. Both were keen observers and ardent appreciators of the wonders of the natural world around them as they fished, something that their detractors were convinced they could not be and still be that driven to catch so many fish. Both were some of the best two-legged friends wild trout had in Pennsylvania at the time.

Getting to know them was a lesson to me in learning not to judge a book by its cover..
GONZOJuly 29th, 2008, 9:18 pm
Site Editor
"Bear Swamp," PA

Posts: 1681
The fellows that Lee refers to above are the Nale brothers: Frank, John, Paul, and Mark. (I mentioned them in the tiger trout thread, "My Best Brook Trout Ever.") Although the brothers have occasionally been known to use a fly rod when hatching season is high, they catch most of their trout on UL spinning gear and homemade spinners. Their stream savvy and trout knowledge is truly remarkable, and they are dedicated advocates for wild trout and wild trout habitat. I completely agree with Lee's characterization that they have been "some of the best two-legged friends of wild trout" in PA. The Nale brothers are dramatic reminders that passion and excellence in trout fishing is not the exclusive domain of fly fishers.
Shawnny3July 30th, 2008, 6:52 am
Pleasant Gap, PA

Posts: 1197
I was once standing streamside with a flyfisherman I really respect but who is very opinionated. We watched as another guy got out of his car, grabbed a light spinning outfit, and walked past us toward the stream. The guy I was standing with said, "I can tell that guy has a lousy attitude." I resisted the urge to laugh at the irony, but I did turn away and indulge myself in a little grin.

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