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It’s a Fish Eat Mouse World!

You know I love predator/prey dynamics and believe an understanding of them is a major key to finding and catching fish of all kinds.  For my latest “installment” on this theme, let me share a picture with you.

I have a nephew that is a trout bum (when I call him a “trout bum”,  it as a term of respect, I say it with pride and a little bit of jealousy).  This summer he has been guiding fly anglers on the Big Horn River in Montana, Bighorn Angler .  Here is a picture he snapped on the river a few weeks ago.  I really like it!

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Trout in rivers and streams consume a variety of prey.  In many cases, much of the time, they consume a lot of aquatic and terrestrial insects.  Fly-fishing is THE way to imitate “bugs” and catch trout that are feeding on them.  But, never forget that trout are predators too, meat-eating predators, especially big trout, especially brown trout!  Big baits = big fish ( Optimal Foraging Theory ).

I have seen mice consumed by other fish too.  I may not have cleaned a lot of smallmouth bass, but there was one that had a mouse in it’s stomach.  As you hit the water this weekend, always keep that in mind.  I will.

Oh, and sometimes you might want to keep your hands out of the water!

About Daryl Bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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