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I have been chasing blue lines and have found quite a few spots that I can consistently catch 6-8 inch bows with an occasional 10-12 incher. My gf and I really enjoy the hiking and wet wading in these small mountain streams.

I really want to catch a brook trout. Never have. I understand that they are in some of the Alpine lakes. Is my best bet to find some streams that are coming out of alpine lakes? If anyone is willing to clue me in on some streams to try I will gladly exchange info on where I've been catching the bows.
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Catching a brookie in a stream in the NW is a neat trick. Now that I think about it, I've never caught a brook trout in moving water ... well, except for once on the Metolius but it must have been an escapee from the hatchery.
 

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You might try Barkley Creek. It dumps out of Barkley lake. You have to access FSR 6024 thru Baring. Follow it up into the woods. You will come to a trail head. You will find the creek to your left as you are driving up that road. The last time I was up there the clear cut was grown up and finding the creek was busting through the woods.

This isn't for the faint hearted. It's all work. I was up there about 15 years or so ago. Good luck.

Oh, I forgot to mention that the last time I was up there. There was snow on the ground and some mighty big foot prints in the snow. I didn't stay to long.
 

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I fished a stream here in MT 4 or 5 times the past several weeks, and caught the occasional brook trout. The last time I was there I came across a large beaver pond that was absolutely loaded with sizeable brook trout. It looked like they may have been trapped there a due to the low water flows we are presently having.

There could have been a couple hundred brook trout, and a few rainbows - I didn't try to count them. I made 3 casts and caught 3 Brookies of about 12" each. I stopped fishing for them after that since catching them like that seemed just too plain easy.

I know a few other places near here where there plenty of brook trout, and have sometimes caught half a boat load of them on a single outing.
 

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Brookies in Montana are akin to panfish in other states and for kids of all ages . I'm hoping to make a Brookie-Fest journey in September, schedule permitting.
 

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Can't help you for the coastal area, but some small streams over here are loaded with em.
 
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I remember catching them on the Ohanapakosh and it's tributaries down by Mt. Ranier. Once they get in somewhere they are hard to get rid of so they are probably still there. Here in NE Oregon they are in almost all of the high lakes. The key is to find one that has poor spawning habitat unless there happens to be lots of fishing pressure (something that doesn't happen much over here). The ones with less fish will have 12-15 inch fish instead of the ones that top out at 10".
 

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Went out this afternoon and caught a bunch of these. Pretty sure they're rainbows, but they are much darker that the bows that I'm used to. Or did I finally get a brookie?
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I remember catching them on the Ohanapakosh and it's tributaries down by Mt. Rainier. Once they get in somewhere they are hard to get rid of so they are probably still there. Here in NE Oregon they are in almost all of the high lakes. The key is to find one that has poor spawning habitat unless there happens to be lots of fishing pressure (something that doesn't happen much over here). The ones with less fish will have 12-15 inch fish instead of the ones that top out at 10".
 

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Gazetteer and WDFW stocking reports will reveal some brook trout locations. Kill them, kill them all. Keep the rest of the native trout wet.
 
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