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pab1 11-28-2011 05:17 PM

Small Stream Surprise
 
This morning I went to a local river and only had one small brown to show for a couple hours of fishing. I decided to head over to a small creek that was iced up last week but due to a warm spell it was pretty much ice free today. I usually like to use a 3 or 4 weight rod on this stream but since I was planning to fish the river I had a 5 weight rod. A little much for this stream but it turned out to be a blessing.

Working my way downstream I came to one of my favorite pools on a bend. I had never caught anything big in this pool but I could usually catch a few 8-10" browns from the tail end of it. I quickly fished the near end of the pool and then began casting to where I usually catch the small browns. I landed two and lost one and after a few more casts with no bites I was about to head downstream. I decided to do another swing through the head of the pool which is about 3 feet deep before moving on.

I was using a size 8 Slumpbuster and about halfway through the swing I felt weight on the line and raised the rod tip. I thought I was snagged since this was heavier than anything I had felt on this little stream before but then I felt a couple of tugs on the line. The fish came to the surface and began thrashing and I was very surprised at what I saw. I immediately got him on the reel as he shot beneath the undercut bank. I worked him out from under there three times before he took off downstream with me in hot pursuit. About 50 yards downstream I was able to bring him into a shallow spot and land him. I had caught a few browns around 14" in this stream before and a couple weeks ago caught a 15" cutthroat which was my largest fish in this stream at that point. Most fish run 6-10" in this stream so this fish was a major surprise!

This picture makes the fish look a little slimmer than it really is. You can see in the net pic that it has some mass to it.

http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q290/54pab1/010.jpg

http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q290/54pab1/0092.jpg

This is the average width of the stream. Its pretty shallow and not very wide. This is where I landed the fish.

http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q290/54pab1/013.jpg

mcnerney 11-28-2011 05:31 PM

Re: Small Stream Surprise
 
What a nice surprise on such a small stream, congrats!

Larry

lthrnk03 11-28-2011 05:35 PM

Re: Small Stream Surprise
 
Gorgeous fish! Looks like you might have found a new honey hole!

pab1 11-28-2011 06:44 PM

Re: Small Stream Surprise
 
Thanks guys! I hope I can meet up with him again next year at that "honey hole"! :D

Hardyreels 11-28-2011 06:53 PM

Re: Small Stream Surprise
 
Beautiful Fish! Whenever I find one that seems out of place I gotta wonder where it came from or where it is headed. Rainbow trout are among the most wide ranging in their migration and that fish may well be a transient.

pab1 11-28-2011 08:05 PM

Re: Small Stream Surprise
 
There are some big fish in the area. This stream passes a lake that I caught this fish in (on spinning gear). Its not directly connected to the lake but it is a tributary to the river that exits the lake.

http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q...1/100_3675.jpg

mbphotos54 11-28-2011 10:37 PM

Re: Small Stream Surprise
 
Man this is more fuel for me to want to do a trip somewhere to fish.. only trout here are stockers, and seldom get more the 10 inches.:( . awsome bows.

FrankB2 11-28-2011 10:51 PM

Re: Small Stream Surprise
 
I thought the first trout was really nice, and then I scrolled down to the BIG TROUT! :eek: Nice on both counts!!!!

caseywise 11-29-2011 12:38 AM

Re: Small Stream Surprise
 
wow:surprise:,
beautiful fish!!!



casey


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