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The Greenback vs. Stocked Fish Debate... We Have a Winner

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September 16, 2009

The Greenback vs. Stocked Fish Debate... We Have a Winner

By Kirk Deeter

A while back, we asked whether you would rather catch a large, stocked rainbow trout, or a small, native greenback cutthroat trout.  You gave your answers... I've chosen the winner.

Ramcatt wins, because he didn't fall for the trick answer, "it's all good."  Well, sure, it is all good... but the best answer, in my completely biased, subjective opinion, is of course a wild, native fish, no matter the size.  (And for that matter, of course, a triploid fish should not count as a world record.) 

While many of our 67 responses skewed in the direction of the greenback, the tiebreaker for Ramcatt was his eloquent description of the photo being all about the fish, and not the angler.  Seeing how those are my hands, and Chris Hunt of TU took the photo, Ramcatt wins a Petzl headlamp.  Hit tim with an email, and he'll hook you up, Ramcatt.

Deeter

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from ckRich wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Well said, simple and true.

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from Woodstock wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Yer darn right - Ramcatt nailed it. Congratulations.

Except you promised a Scientific Anglers fly line to the winner, not a Petzl light (apologies to Ramcatt if he'd rather have the light)

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from 175rltw wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I love your blatant bias for the real fish. When I spent summers working for a packoutfit in the sierras I'd sometimes catch 16-18 inch rainbows, bu tfor months on end a HUGE fish would be a 9" golden trout.

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from Alex Pernice th... wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Nice Ramcatt, personally, a fish is a fish I just like catching em.

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from Bob Wo wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Er, where is his eloquent description?

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from Garrett Busch wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Why would you give away a headlight for a fishing article

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Ramcatt did have the best answer. I hope he enjoys his new light.

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from Walt Smith wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

They're giving away a headlight Garrett so when that little fish casts a shadow it will seem bigger.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

You know I can't get that "Little Miss Cutthroat" song out of my head. Who's gonna pay for my therapy?

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from Ramcatt wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

haha
i forgot about this

thanks!

funny thing
I skipped out of work today a bit early
drove past easy shots at stockers and steelbows
I fished water most would never give a second look
water i stumbled upon and don't even know the stream name

I ended up landing a "slam" wild brooks, browns, and bows... all on dries

guess i had some wild fish karma today

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from timromano wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

sorry about that buckhunter. It won't leave mine either...

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from Little Moose wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

Is it subjective. Why are we stocking non native any where. Have we learned enough lessons on what can happen to fishery when we do this. One example Asain Carp. Look at the damage that cost us. As a Missouri River Fishermen in Kansas City. I tell nothing good of it, Evasive species are evasive. The white River in south missouri just 100 yrs ago was one of the finest small mouth fisheries un the world. Now It's rainbows. Why destroy somthing natural for the unnatural.

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from ckRich wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Well said, simple and true.

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from Ramcatt wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

haha
i forgot about this

thanks!

funny thing
I skipped out of work today a bit early
drove past easy shots at stockers and steelbows
I fished water most would never give a second look
water i stumbled upon and don't even know the stream name

I ended up landing a "slam" wild brooks, browns, and bows... all on dries

guess i had some wild fish karma today

+4 Good Comment? | | Report
from Woodstock wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Yer darn right - Ramcatt nailed it. Congratulations.

Except you promised a Scientific Anglers fly line to the winner, not a Petzl light (apologies to Ramcatt if he'd rather have the light)

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from 175rltw wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I love your blatant bias for the real fish. When I spent summers working for a packoutfit in the sierras I'd sometimes catch 16-18 inch rainbows, bu tfor months on end a HUGE fish would be a 9" golden trout.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Alex Pernice th... wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Nice Ramcatt, personally, a fish is a fish I just like catching em.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Bob Wo wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Er, where is his eloquent description?

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from Garrett Busch wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Why would you give away a headlight for a fishing article

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Ramcatt did have the best answer. I hope he enjoys his new light.

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from Walt Smith wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

They're giving away a headlight Garrett so when that little fish casts a shadow it will seem bigger.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from buckhunter wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

You know I can't get that "Little Miss Cutthroat" song out of my head. Who's gonna pay for my therapy?

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from timromano wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

sorry about that buckhunter. It won't leave mine either...

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from Little Moose wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

Is it subjective. Why are we stocking non native any where. Have we learned enough lessons on what can happen to fishery when we do this. One example Asain Carp. Look at the damage that cost us. As a Missouri River Fishermen in Kansas City. I tell nothing good of it, Evasive species are evasive. The white River in south missouri just 100 yrs ago was one of the finest small mouth fisheries un the world. Now It's rainbows. Why destroy somthing natural for the unnatural.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report

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