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Msmith14April 23rd, 2012, 7:22 pm
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Hi I herd from a few people that lake run browns make a second run into the streams around this time of year but im not sure if this is true. What do you guys think?
WbranchApril 23rd, 2012, 11:01 pm
York & Starlight PA

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Who told you such drivel? Mostly untrue except maybe if the streams you are referring to get a spring steelhead run and maybe the browns follow them up to eat the eggs.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Msmith14April 24th, 2012, 6:45 am
Posts: 10
Thats what im saying. They got me excited for a minute:(
PaulRobertsApril 25th, 2012, 10:59 am

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Well...kinda. You are on Lake O, yes? If so, there are two possible scenarios:

1). When the southern shore warms it draws huge numbers salmonids, along with many browns. Some of these fish (smaller ones in my exp, 2-4lbs) will ascend tribs a short ways (a few miles in some cases), provided there is enough flow -like spring with freshets. These are feeding fish, bright pelagic silver, and don't stay long. I've found them though and they are a surprise on light trout tackle.

2). I was told by a DEC biologist that some very large browns were appearing in the large tribs (Salmon River he was referring to) in July. He was wondering if this was some photoperiod entrainment issue at the hatchery. I was doing research at the time on photoperiod which is how we got to chatting. I couldn't help him there -kinda doubted that it was years old photoperiod. I suggested they were either in feeding, were still hangers-on from spring (some browns winter over in large pools in large tribs and leave on the spring freshets), or they were males getting a jump on the spawn (I've seen males showing signs of aggression as early as August).

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