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Posted By:  Tom McAllister
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Organization:  FCO
Date and Time:  02-07-2011 11:11:15
Subject:  Owyhee browns on midges
Message:  Brown trout are having midwinter snacks at a civilized hour on the Owyhee River.

Between noon and three of a mild Jan. 31, after the last chukar hunt, my sons Scott and Michael cast to surface browns. The browns in all sizes were in a feeding frenzy over size 20-22 midges emerging through the film.

This slow lower reach of Owyhee River in its canyon meander below Owyhee Dam is dominant brown trout.

It's the tailwater portion that stays somewhat warmer in winter because of the deep discharge from the 60-mile long Lake Owyhee impoundment.

The midge on pupating rise to the river surface where they're most vulnerable while splitting their pupal skin and emerging.
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