I used to fish small creeks in montana filled with hundreds of those guys. Tons of fun, I would take the top half of my rod and use that with a long leader and tiny flies....a great way to rest the legs on a long hike!
Two years ago I bought Sage's new 0 weight rod. That's right, as in ZERO. It only weighs 1 11/16 oz. Fish like the one you're holding can actually put up a fight (instead of back-casting them into the woods behind me, as happens with my 5 weight). But if you really want to see a fly rod that makes 6 inchers fun, go to jaustinforbes.com and check out "micro fly fishing." The rod is only 30" long and the reel is the diameter of a quarter. My wife bought me one for Christmas last year as a novelty item that I could hang on my office wall and maybe practice casting while I talk on the phone (it'll cast over 20 feet). But in June I brought it to Montana and used it to catch brookies (like the one you're holding) in the creek behind our cabin. It's amazing how fun a small fish can be if you match your rod to it.
"If I don't catch them today, I'll catch them another day."
Fish till ya drop.
Then suck it up
and fish the evening hatch.
Hey Roper: For some Really Big Samples try Bonaparte itself. Up by the Boy Scout camp in shallow water 4'to 10' is where they hang. The biologists say some of the biggest in the state are in there.
Brookies always amaze me with their beauty....unfortunately they fight like a puppy tethered on a short leash. Little short dashes here and there. A really big one will give ya a long dogged fight though. Try Bonaparte.
Wow, that was messed up. Just like Chris said, the attitude -is getting more negative on this board. He had to go grubbin around through the old posts and just write something negative on my post.
Calm down, i always say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Just because I don't post pictures of a 20 inch brookie that i caught in some pristine water in alaska. Does that make what I did wrong? By the way, I didn't buy some special rod to fish for these brooks, i only use two rods, a five and a 3 weight.