Fly Fishing For Brook Trout
Brook Trout are one of the world's most beautiful animals and we have caught and released them from
the mountain streams of the Appalachians to Pennsylvania's limestone spring creeks. Along our itinerary for over 30
years we have learned a few things about these litte gems of nature from a fishing standpoint and a scientific one.
Therefore, this site is here to share the knowledge and explore future ground in fly fishing Big Spring Wild
Brookie and protecting these wonderful creatures. We hope you enjoy the site and check back often since we will be
posting new stuff on Brookies from secret fly patterns to places to fish as well as the latest in studies that we run
across. Oh, by the way this site is run by Gene "Guido" Macri the funny guy in the photo. He's a long time fly
fisherman whose fishing buddies included the late Charlie Fox and others. He's also an aquatic scientist who
has done more research on spring creeks in Pennsylvania they anyone. His research and study with Dr. Jack
Black help close The Big Spring Fish Hatchery which was destroying one of the premier wild Brook Trout streams
in the world. That
stream Big Spring Creek, Newville Pennsylvania is now back as a
world class fishery. (Photo on the right shows a wild brookie from Big Spring Creek in Pennsylvania). Fishing
for these wonderful fish has been under attack in the last 30 to 40 years especially in the Eastern part of
the United States. The fish have suffered from the urbanization of America and all the environmental damage
that goes with it. The fact is that we have failed at all levels in protecting the habitat and resources
needed for these trout to survive. These include federal, state, and local levels. Talk is cheap but action
takes intelligence, commitment and money. Most of the so called giant environmental organizations have sold
out to corporate America. I invite you to visit my new nonprofit The Last River and Gamekeeper (www.riverandgamekeeper.org). A nonprofit for sportsman with
environmental stewardship based on the nobility of both nature and the sportsman. Contrary to what many
fisherman believe this trout is not a weak species. These trout if given the proper habitat, water conditions
and basic protection will proliferate in great numbers. These trout have a built in advantage in that many
become reproductively mature at one year. These chars were introduced out West and have actually become a
nuisance and are driving native species out! They are extremely adaptable and a very rigorous species.
Be sure to contact us if you
have any comments or suggestions or need instruction or guiding. We like
hearing from you. Enjoy the site and take care of those brookies.
In the photo to the right is an 18 inch Brook Trout from a freestone stream. The Brookie was
released unharmed. An absolutely beautiful fish in fine condition. Notice the beautiful cream and orangish red
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