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  1. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I think it's a fluke to catch one. The ones I saw on the Pilchuck Creek all swam away when you waded close.
     
  2. Jim Speaker

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    According to Walton, they are the most fearfullest of fishes.

    Here is an excerpt from The Compleat Angler, Chapter III "The Third Day" on fishing for the chavendar or chub:

    Piscator:
    Go to the same hole in which I caught my Chub, where,
    in most hot days, you will find a dozen or twenty Chevens
    floating near the top of the water. Get two or three
    grasshoppers, as you go over the meadow: and get secretly
    behind the tree, and stand as free from motion as
    is possible. Then put a grasshopper on your hook, and
    let your hook hang a quarter of a yard short of the
    water, to which end you must rest your rod on some
    bough of the tree. But it is likely the Chubs will sink
    down towards the bottom of the water, at the first
    shadow of your rod (for Chub is the fearfullest of fishes),
    and will do so if but a bird flies over him and makes the
    least shadow on the water; but they will presently rise
    up to the top again, and there lie soaring till some
    shadow affrights them again. I say, when they lie upon
    the top of the water, look out the best Chub, which
    you, setting yourself in a fit place, may very easily see,
    and move your rod, as softly as a snail moves, to that
    Chub you intend to catch; let your bait fall gently upon
    the water three or four inches before him, and he will
    infallibly take the bait. And you will be as sure to catch
    him; for he is one of the leather-mouthed fishes, of
    which a hook does scarce ever lose its hold;
    and therefore give him play enough before you offer to take him
    out of the water. Go your way presently; take my rod,
    and do as I bid you; and I will sit down and mend my
    tackling till you return back.

    ...

    Venator:
    But, master! what if I could not have found a
    grasshopper?

    ...

    Piscator:
    Then I may tell you, That a black snail, with
    his belly slit, to show his white, or a piece of soft cheese,
    will usually do as well. Nay, sometimes a worm, or any
    kind of fly, as the ant-fly, the flesh-fly, or wall-fly; or
    the dor or beetle which you may find under cow-dung;
    or a bob which you will find in the same place, and in
    time will be a beetle; it is a short white worm, like to
    and bigger than a gentle; or a cod-worm; or a caseworm;
    any of these will do very well to fish in such a
    manner.
     
  3. Fishee

    Fishee Active Member

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    They have crap loads of peamouths in Lake Washington, they come to shore to spawn, you can see them in shallow water only a feet or two.
     
  4. Brian White

    Brian White Recovering Bugmeister

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    Out of curiosity, do people smoke them/eat them, or ? Maybe the Cedar poachers would redirect their fish-killing tendencies away from the trout and toward these chubs. We could do an ad campaign "Chubs are incredibly delicious and a fine sporting fish, but are for C&R ONLY" - that kind of language excites the poacher.
     
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  5. Jim Speaker

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    Prior to the excerpt on catching them, Piscator describes to Venator the best way to dress and cook the Chavendar.

    :)
     
  6. Greg Armstrong

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    ...my fishing brethren,
    'tis the foregoing methods of which I used to capture the fine specimen as I had photographed above....
    ...'twas a remarkable occurrence!
     
  7. Greg Armstrong

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    They are particularly scrumptious when properly "poached".
     
  8. Lugan

    Lugan Joe Streamer

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  9. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    One could make the same argument about steelhead :D
     
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