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General RegionCentral CT
Specific Locationa big pool
Time of Day Around 5:30
Fish CaughtRoughly 40 Inch Atlantic Salmon
Conditions & Hatches55 degrees air temps, dropping water level, caddis hatches.

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RMlytleOctober 12th, 2014, 8:26 pm

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MartinlfOctober 13th, 2014, 12:03 am
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
Nice work!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
RMlytleOctober 13th, 2014, 10:11 am

Posts: 40
Actually, I have been informed that it is an Atlantic Salmon. The odds of just finding one around here are ridiculously low, so that makes catching one quite the achievement.
PaulRobertsOctober 13th, 2014, 7:47 pm

Posts: 1776
A stray Atlantic! That's pretty neat. Might want to contact your local fisheries Biologist and ask about it. They might be able to tell you a bit more.

Congrats on the catch. That must have been quite a surprise.

Your story reminds me a of a big brown I spotted while pickeral and smallmouth fishing along the lower reaches of a stream years ago. I was so excited I got both my parents to come with me to watch me catch it. I never saw it again, but it was a lesson I never forgot about big brown habitat.
RMlytleOctober 13th, 2014, 10:50 pm

Posts: 40
He was most likely stocked by the state Atlantic Salmon Restoration Project in 2011. Apparently very few make it back to the river, and even fewer are counted. When the water is up they jump the dam rather then fool around in the fish ladder. Some natural reproduction has been recorded in this river, so who knows, this could very well be a wild fish.
WbranchOctober 14th, 2014, 8:50 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733
As soon as I saw the coloration and huge kype I thought of Atlantic salmon that are caught in October on the Miramichi.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Jmd123October 14th, 2014, 10:39 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2611
WOW, spectacular fish, certainly a prize among us flyrodders! And just what fly did this massive beast take? Well done, beautiful fish!

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
RMlytleOctober 14th, 2014, 10:56 pm

Posts: 40
He took a size 14 sedgehammer

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