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Bob Jurmain

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Splake
« on: October 22, 2016, 09:11:34 AM »



This is the time of year when Splake come into the shallows to fill up for winter.  Splake are a combo of Brook Trout and Lake Trout.  They were developed to compliment the sagging Lake Trout populations due to changing conditions and harvesting.  Semi reproducing, they grow faster than either progenitor and can get quite big in deep larger lakes.
I've been trying to figure out the formula for over 20 years at my local splake lake about an hour from home and I think I have the formula.  Last outing, I landed six and lost a 'big one'.
Since this lake has difficult access in that there are high cliffs around most of the lake and a nasty road in with no real boat access, it doesn't get a lot of soft water pressure (not so in the winter).  This is rare being so close to Canada's fourth largest urban area.
PQuad was the best fly fished deep (20-22ft) with a minnow attractor as dropper.

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Re: Splake
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2016, 12:33:39 PM »
That looks a lot like a brookie. Do you have a pic of the tail?
Most splake show the forked tail of a laker vs the square tail of a brook trout.

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Re: Splake
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2016, 03:37:05 PM »
Here you go Rick:

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Re: Splake
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2016, 06:02:52 PM »
Those are beautiful fish Bob.
I will fish anywhere and find beauty in it.

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Re: Splake
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2016, 08:49:30 PM »
Beautiful fish, Bob! Thanks for sharing these with us!!
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Re: Splake
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2016, 08:31:57 AM »
Rick...........that picture cut off the tail.  It is forked.

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Re: Splake
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2016, 12:33:20 PM »
Rick...........that picture cut off the tail.  It is forked.
Very nice, thanks.
The new pic also shows the head better, which much more like a lake trout with the long, flattened shape.

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Re: Splake
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2016, 01:48:59 PM »
Rick........I have an 80 page research article on Splake (Kerr) and it states that once they get to a certain size, their prey is almost entirely small fish which is the same as Lake Trout but not Brook Trout.  They have a sleek snout for speed through the water.  A Rainbow Lake in our area has long sleek fish in it as it is not trophic and the likely largest source of food are minnows.,