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Old 11-10-2017, 11:45 PM   #1
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Big browns on the fly

Here are some photo's from my last 2 fishing trips of the season. Broke a lot of personal best's and ended the trip with new personal recorded of a 24.75 lb female brown trout, weighed on an igfa certified scale, she was taken on a stone fly using a 9'6" 7wt rod and 10ft 4x leader. I've never personally experienced the type of power that this fish exhibited until that morning. At first I thought it was a snag until the snag started to move extremely slowly. There was nothing I could do to move her, I was at her mercy as she stayed in the hole just holding in the muddy torrent of water at the tail out section of this particular pool which is only about 5ft deep. All at once she ran me well in to my backing and I had to chase her down stream about 200 yards as she bulldogged and ran towards any form of cover, nearly breaking me off numerous times. Luckily I had my lucky hat on and it served it's purpose well because finally after a fifteen nerve racking minutes I put her in the net... it wasn't easy and she barely fit but after the 4th net dodge she went in and stayed in...exhausted I hauled her back up stream slowly submerged in the water and took some pictures before giving her the send off. Of course I would catch all my 14 to 24lb fish when I'm fishing alone. Thankfully she swam away in perfect health with no hesitation and half a day later she was landed by a guided fly fisherman up stream on a similar pattern and she was released again. The crazy thing is there were only a hand full of people on this two mile stretch. It just goes to show you that c&r should always be considered and practiced when necessary, which in my opinion is nine times out of ten. That fish that had never been caught once in its life made the day of not one but two fly fisherman and will likely remain the fish of our life times. I hope she remains heathy and can live out the rest or her fishy life until it's her time to go. I know they're technically invasives but since it's a situation we put ourselves in we might as well respect the fishery. Also, there are some pictures of the larger more memorable fish from the two trips. Hope you enjoy.

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Old 11-11-2017, 01:14 AM   #2
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Preston, those are insane!!! We're going to start calling you Lord of the Browns!
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Old 11-11-2017, 07:19 AM   #3
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Awesome and congratulations. She is a beast.
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Old 11-11-2017, 12:07 PM   #4
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Holy moly. Any one of those is a fish of a lifetime. Congrats.
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Old 11-11-2017, 04:34 PM   #5
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Wow Adkbrooktrout! Amazing big bruiser browns! I made a few trips to the Rochester area for fall spawning browns like those a few years back. But, never caught one bigger than 30"`s and 16 lbs. That big girl is a slammer! So, glad you re a C+R flyfisher! Those beauties deserve to spawn and keep their legacy thriving for the future. Nice job and great photos/summary of your outing!Thanks for sharing!
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Old 11-11-2017, 04:47 PM   #6
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Congrats! Great fish!
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Old 11-11-2017, 09:53 PM   #7
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Scary!! Literally.
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Old 11-13-2017, 11:12 PM   #9
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Wow, and I agree with EagleCrag that any one of those caught stream-side could be lifetime records. I've only caught one in my career close to that size. And I'm just as glad to hear your C&R narrative. I caught my personal best a week after my father passed last December, just after saying my first fish was for Dad. A week later in the exact same hole, my 13 year-old caught the same fish. As I always say, my goal is to borrow trout for the picture, in the hopes of catching them again for the very same reason.
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Old 11-13-2017, 11:41 PM   #10
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Fishing is like golf,

You don't have to eat a golf ball to enjoy playing the game.
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those are beasts!!! well done
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Old 11-16-2017, 12:52 AM   #12
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Fishing is like golf,

You don't have to eat a golf ball to enjoy playing the game.
LOL I like that. Thanks everyone for the positive feedback back as well. It was a pretty exhilarating battle. Definitely a fishery worth cherishing.
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Old 11-17-2017, 04:10 PM   #13
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