Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Big Fish for Fontinalis



In my continued quest for fish for TakeMeFishing.org and National Fishing and Boating Week, I did not move on to the next water or the next fish.  No, I went right back to where I was the other night for more brook trout.  I had gotten off work a little earlier and wanted to see if I could actually catch one on camera.  To be honest, I haven't fished there in awhile and had forgotten how addictive small stream brook trout are.

Here's the intro I filmed with the Flipcam.





We had severe thunderstorms all day, and so I didn't expect much to happen.  I started out using a stimulator fly, but later switched over to a Chernobyl pattern that has worked well in the past.  On days like this you won't move a lot of fish, but the ones that do are usually pretty nice.  Here's a video of me yakking and casting.  Not much action, but the framing was nice, and it might be worth a look.  If you're pressed for time maybe skip this one.  If your name is Robert Vaughan, please don't weep at my casting.  I'm sorry.  You did your best.


After a couple more moves and takes I set up the Flipcam and did my usual spiel.  What happened next really floored me.  Check it out.



This is the first week I have ever taken a video camera with me fishing.  To actually have the largest brook trout of my life hit, on camera, and successfully land it, was amazing. But to have the camera batteries die at that moment? Priceless. Perhaps it's for the better that you don't get to see me ranting and waving this big fish around.  Either way it doesn't matter- it was one of the most sublime moments of my life.  I would have taken more still photos, but I had already spent a bunch of time talking to a dead camera and wanted to get him back into the river.  Here's some photo's, of my BEST fontinalis ever.


just a gorgeous fish

If you're new to fishing or haven't fished for brook trout, a 16 inch brook trout is a big deal.  It may not sound big, but the average brookie, especially in small streams, is about 6-8 inches.  Ten is a nice fish, 12" is big, 14" rare and makes your season- 16 inches, in a small stream?  Lifetime.  It's roughly equivalent to a 24 inch brown.  There's bigger fish out there, but not many, and there's only a handful of areas, usually remote, such as Labrador, northern Quebec and Ontario that regularly produce fish bigger than that.  Thus my excitement.  I'm very happy to share with you, TakeMeFishing.org, and the blogging underbelly ; ) what was for me a very exciting moment, one that may take years to repeat here.

It's still National Fishing and Boating Week, free fishing days are coming up this weekend in a lot of states including Michigan, so get out there.  As you can see, you never know what will happen.

21 comments:

  1. that is absolutely Fantabulous!! SPANTASTIC!! great fish and well done-

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  3. What a beaut! You going to love having that short clip of catching that tremendous Fontinalis. Even with the abbreviated hysterics! What a great fish-- thanks for taking us fishing!

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  4. Gorgeous!! I reallllly have to start finding some good trout streams near me.

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  5. That is one hell of a nice fish and cool video!!! Get's you on the Gates Lodge trophy book ;)

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  7. I have really been enjoying your videos jason and today's takes the cake. what a beautiful fish. good on ya.

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  8. Love it. Absolutely love it all!

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  9. HOLY @#$*! That is one beautiful brook trout! I remember how excited I was to catch a 9" brookie from a stream like that. Congrats!

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  10. Congrats on the formidable fontinalis! Your excitement is what makes the video truly authentic. Thanks for sharing that special moment with the rest of us.

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  11. AWESOME!!! Great fish! About 10 years ago I was with an old girlfriend fishing a river in the U.P. and she caught a 14 1/2" brookie. She was shouting and screaming "Look at the size of this brown!" I said "It's a brook trout." She said "It's a brown!" I told her "It's a brookie, trust me you want it to be a brookie!" That is too cool you caught that on tape Jason!

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  12. Good grief, what a spectacular brookie. Congrats!

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  13. Jason, I never laughed so hard, congratulations on that beautiful fish! I loved the video.

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  14. that was sooo much fun, felt I was right there chiming in too. Good work my man! mike

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  15. Your enthusiasm in your video was awesome. I said Oh My God right along with you! What a beauty of brook - incredible.

    -stephanie

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  16. Hey, I just want to thank everyone for reading, viewing and commenting. I've seen a lot of those fish over the years, but never hooked up and knew instantly it was a lifetime fish. It's funny that I grit my teeth and give chase on a steelhead three times as long, but get that excited about a brook trout. Must be why I chose the name.

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  17. Words can't express the joy I felt seeing that trout slap the fly and then you guys doing the dance. Sweetness! That is a beauty. I had a similar experience pulling an 11 inch Brookie out of a stream that was five feet wide and a foot deep at its deepest. It was a Monster. But just a minnow compared to your giant. As one boss once said to me, "I'd rather by lucky than good and day of the week". Maybe it was a bit of both for you.

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  18. Congrats, that video is priceless. You can hear from the inflections in your voice how excited you were. Good stuff.

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  19. "If you're new to fishing or haven't fished for brook trout, a 16 inch brook trout is a big deal. It may not sound big, but the average brookie, especially in small streams, is about 6-8 inches. Ten is a nice fish, 12" is big, 14" rare and makes your season- 16 inches, in a small stream? Lifetime. It's roughly equivalent to a 24 inch brown. "

    I totally agree with the above. I've got several in the 14" range but nothing bigger. That is one heck of a brookie! Each year I prefer brookie fishing over browns more and more, completely addictive. Congratulations on the big 16" tub!

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  20. Thanks Mark. I went on to catch bigger brook trout in Nipigon this summer, but I expected that there. That 16 inch fish remains my favorite. Even as I expand my fly fishing horizons, local brook trout remain my favorite, I get more addicted, not less.

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