Many have talked about their biggest fish of the year, but what was your most memorable? Too often we find ourselves in the hunt for the biggest beastie whenever we go out. Some even measure their success by whether they caught the biggest fish of the day or not, etc.. Most of the time the trip and the fishing and everything that make up the day or days on the water truly define success.
Therefore, perhaps your most memorable fish was the one that got away, or a miniscule creek brookie that you fooled by sneaking up on your belly to the stream side. Your most memorable may very well be the biggest fish you caught and that's okay, but we're talking about the most memorable not necessarily the biggest fish you caught this past year.
So, share with us your fishing memories of 2012 and give us all something to look forward to while we pass this winter away.
Here is my most memorable. It's a beast of a brown trout that I managed to fool on my favorite spring creek this past spring. I was there with my son, Mike, and his buddy, Ryan. We hit the water early and it was still quite cold for the season. The bite was on from the get-go, and we managed to catch a few very nice fish. This particular brute had been porpoising upstream for a while, with a few times that he outright left the water completely and crashed back in as he was chasing some unknown prey.
I struggle a bit now on the spring because of my fused ankle and lack of mobility I once had along with the gooey mud bottom that sucks you down and won't let you go. I have to avoid those areas that have that kind of muddy bottom and seek out areas of solid bottom that will allow me freer movement so I don't end up losing my balance and getting into trouble. Due to this, I was in a crumby spot to get my cast in front of that big brown.
I was finally able to maneuver just a bit closer and unloaded a killer cast that put my parasol indicator and nymph rig right where it needed to be. I watched the parasol drift for just a moment when it disappeared completely. I set the hook and was into a very big fish, and I supposed it was the one I had been seeing for the last hour or so.
He took me upstream, downstream, and mid-stream. He tried to hang me up in the weeds, but I was able to coax him free and the fight continued. Finally I was able to bring him to net and what a fish he was. Magnificently colored, a big male brown trout resident of this particular spring and the reason we keep coming back. He never did get me into my backing, but he certainly gave a good battle. He taped out at just a tad over 23-inches, and had shoulders and girth to make him a true trophy in anybody's eyes. To me though, I was able to fool him with a fly that I had tied (#14 Bead-head, Flashback Pheasant-tail), and with a method for fishing spring creeks that I had developed using the Parasol Emerger (not much credit for "developing" a method, it's just a way to be more successful on this type of water). I was using 5X Rio tippet (which I use most everywhere I fish and in most circumstances).
My sons and I, along with their friends, all caught a lot of fish this past year, even though my time on the water has been cut down by about two-thirds as in the past. All trips were memorable, mostly because I was with my son or sons on the water and that makes any trip more memorable for me. There were a lot of standout fish, but this one made quite an impression on me for the year and one I recall often as I play him again and again in my mind.
Here he is:
And here is the same type fly I caught him on:
Now it's your turn to share with us your most memorable fish or fishing experience of the past year.
I'm looking forward to what evolves here. Good luck and have fun!