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Got a tip from a non-fishing friend about a small lake relativily close to home.  She had no idea what kind of fish were in it but said she's seen a few people fishing there in the past.  It's about a half-mile hike down a steep trail so I figured that kept the "fair-weather" folks away.

I thought it probably just had some nice stocker bo's in there...

Boy, was I surprised!

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He hit a #10 green woolly bugger w/ a gold beadhead.  I'm thinking it's a brookie but from what I've read, it could also be a splake.  I've never seen a splake, and I've never caught a brookie this big before.  I'm thinking of sending the close-up pic to the DOW for conformation. 

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If it's a brookie, I'm going for a "Master Angler" patch!!  ;D

We caught 2 more before the snowstorm hit but these were only 8-10 inches.
 

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It looks like it has a squaretail? I think it is a brookie. And a damn nice one at that!!!!!
 

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Excellent catch-I'd say brooky all the way!
 
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Looks like a pure brookie to me.  Beautiful fish!!!
 

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Dang nice fish! I'd put money on that being a 100% brookie.  Splake usually don't have that many blue/red spots (if any), and as much vermiculation (squiggly lines) on the back/dorsal fin.  Thanks for posting - I love to see those big fish pic's!!
 

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That's what I was thinking, Guys... Splake are supposed to have a slightly forked tail. Also, from what I've read, larger splake are suppose to start looking more like lakers. I didn't check as closely as I should have but I wanted to get him back in the water as quickly as possible.

From the way he took-off, I think I had a little more time! No need to push it, though... I'm still pretty geeked! ;D ;D ;D

Thanks!
 

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sweet brookie i hope you bought that girl a dozen roses ;D
 
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How long?? Sixteen inches?

Whatever the ledgth, it's a real pretty fish! I'm guessing it's a male from the head shape and jaw.
 

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The Splake I used to catch at Antero had more of forked tail, like a Laker. I have seen Splake up at Antero that took on the fall spawning colors of their brook trout parents!
 

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Dante,
Looks like a certain lake outside Yampa? They have brookies that large. Beautiful fish.
 

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It looks like a lake near Idaho springs watershed.
 

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Beautiful fish man, did you keep it? SOmetimes the only way to tell a Brookie from a Splake is with a DNA test. But if you released it I would send it in for Master Angler award as a brookie anyways.
 
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impressive, alwya fun to try something new and succeed
 

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Thanks, Guys!

Yes, as I stated earlier, I released the fish. We like to release all our fish and leave with only pictures.

You're correct, ePIC... I've read where a DNA test is sometimes the only way to tell. This is true with some other species as well.

Doesn't matter... I trust the eye and experience of the good folks on this site, so I'm going with BROOKIE!!

BTW, Don... I'm guessing 18 inches but I would've loved to measure his girth!
 
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i dont know much about this, but i found this great illustration, may help people in the future

 
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