Monday, May 9, 2016
A Huge Brown on a Streamer
I spend a lot of time on the river each year looking for big trout. If one fish had been omitted from today's catch you would be looking at photos of small brook and brown trout, a very typical 20+ fish day on this stream. But the photos I have here are only of one fish, because not only did that fish over shadow all the others but it was probably pretty close to the total weight of all those others.
I've been getting a bit outside my normal niche in the fly spectrum. I caught and hooked a few really good rainbows on nymphs early in the year, and I began to think that nymhing may be the way to get the big stocked and holdover trout, if not fishing small streamers. For a while now I have shifted away from big streamers, and though I was catching fish I still wasn't catching big fish. Today I did some dry fly fishing and a lot of nymphing, and I was catching plenty of fish. I was perfectly happy with those fish even though none were noteworthy. But eventually I wanted to feel my fly at the end of my line, to manipulate it and make it come alive. I tied on a big cone head muddler. I made no more than three casts...
I put the fly upstream into a deep trough at the end of a big pool that I have caught some big trout out of before. I stripped it back to me and I watched a behemoth of a brown trout come down and trash it. I knew right away what I had, as did the two gentleman fishing upstream from me. That fish did what big browns do, bull dogged me slowly up the pool. I tried to keep myself downstream from it because I really didn't want it to go down the riffle. That's exactly what it did. I chased it down the run, got it into a slick where I thought I would be able to control it. My line wrapped around it's adipose fin and that gave it enough leverage to turn downstream, and the race was on. A long ways downstream I tailed him, a kype jawed buck, the biggest brown I have ever caught. One of the guys from upstream came down and took some photos and congratulated me. I was shaking like a leaf. I was very happy when the fish kicked off strongly. Hopefully he will make a few more fisherman just as happy.