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Old 05-24-2011, 03:39 PM
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Default 18"+ Wild Rainbows & Browns If You Could Fish Any River In the Continental U.S.

As the title says if your goal is to catch as many as possible 18"+ wild Browns and Rainbows and you could fish only one, but any one river in the Continental U.S. which would it be and why.

Oops I just caught my title typo. Did anyone else notice?
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Hi Tom,

Hard for me to pick one river that could supply both but the Green River seems to have a lot of big fish. For big rainbows and consistency Alaska is home to some fish that would make the home town News Papers in many places in the lower 48. Many are caught and released with little ado because they are not so uncommon. For a brown trout destination I have to say that the Ausable River in Michigan has the oldest and most well established population of these fish and many a large one is caught there. But then let's not forget our friends in Arkansas who have the White River browns.......... Same old thing for me, way too many places to reach and too little time.
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I'm pretty happy with the Truckee. The average size I see come out is between 16 and 20 inches. It's a tough river to fish but it produces some BIG fish. A couple of 30+ inch browns have come out(and been put back) this year. Unfortunately it is BLOWN OUT and will be for some time.
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Default re: 18"+ Wild Rainbows & Browns If You Could Fish Any River In the Continental U.S.

When it said 18 foot browns - i thought that would be tough


So many rivers.. so little time

Montana:
I figure we have more rivers here that would be in the running then anywhere else.. lol
I'm sure I'll leave something out
Missouri, Big Hole, Madison, Big Horn, Jefferson, Kootenai, Clarks Fork, Smith, Bitterroot, Flathead, Yellowstone, Beaverhead

Idaho: Henry's Fork

California: Lower Sacramento, McCloud, maybe Fall River too, East Walker, Lower Owens

Just about any of those are great...
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The Williamson river in southern OR would be my pick. It consistently gives up huge Redband Rainbows along with Browns. Unfortunately, a lot of the river access is sewn up in private property. There are some spendy ranches guests can stay and and fish the river. Maybe someday after i exhaust the other access along this river.
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Default re: 18"+ Wild Rainbows & Browns If You Could Fish Any River In the Continental U.S.

I'll go with the South Fork of the Snake River in Idaho, unless the 18'+ is not the typo you referred to. For 18 foot rainbows and browns I'm drawing a blank!!
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Default re: 18"+ Wild Rainbows & Browns If You Could Fish Any River In the Continental U.S.

Its a good thing I enjoy a good hardy laugh at my own expense! LOL Dave & Davo! Thanks for the list.

So anyone else have any place to catch those 18 plus footers.
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Default re: 18"+ Wild Rainbows & Browns If You Could Fish Any River In the Continental U.S.

The first half mile below the dam on the:
Fryingpan
Taylor
Blue

The Dream Stream

South Platte in Cheeseman Canyon

North Platte at Grey's Reef

Full disclosure- I don't fish any of these any more. I'm into 10'-15' wide meadow meandering streams with a boat load of 8"-14" fish with an occasional 16" surprise.

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Default re: 18"+ Wild Rainbows & Browns If You Could Fish Any River In the Continental U.S.

I have to agree with:
Dave: Missouri River and Big Horn!
Davo: South Fork of the Snake
Chris: Frying Pan and Grey Reef
I also have seen some huge trout coming out of the White River, AR.

My friend Pete and I are fishing the Missouri this week, it is probably the best trout fishing I have seen in a very long time. I have no idea how many trout we hooked today, but it was non-stop action all day long. The wx sucked it rained or drizzled all day long, but the fishing was fantastic. I will post some photos when I get home.

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There are barge-loads of 18" Browns in the Ausable...very few rainbows by comparison. It is 100% "Au Naturale" and has been for quite a while now. The drawback is that the big ones there are notoriously difficult to catch.
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