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Old 08-03-2010, 01:58 PM
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Default What Do You Consider A "Trophy" Sized Trout?

I was reading another thread today and came across a comment about releasing all "Trophy" sized trout and wondered what the rest of you fellow fly anglers out there consider a "trophy" trout to be.

Here in the west, in and around some of the more famous trout streams, i.e: Henry's Fork, South Fork Snake and the Madison, the 20-inch mark seems to be commonly held as a "trophy". But I think a lot of this definition has to do with where you are and what type of fish you catch. I still consider a 20-inch fish to be a trophy in the waters I fish - what about you?

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Tell us and show us some of your "Trophy" trout.

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Depends on where I am fishing. For example those little creeks I oh so love, a "trophy" fish might be in the 10"-14". On that other river I fish with all the browns that average 17"-20"; I consider a "trophy" fish 24+ inches. So basically what I am saying, is that for me a "trophy" size fish depends on what the average size fish are in the system I am fishing.
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Totally agree with Sasha...my trophy trout is not the biggest I've caught.I'll try to take a pic...from an old paperpicto show it to you.
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While like many other anglers appreciate any fish I can find, I figure trout & char over 2 feet to be a rare catch and have held that as my mark. Salmon differ by specie; King, anything over 40 lb is pretty nice fish; Silvers, I caught one a little over 23 pounds a couple years ago and that was a beauty. Most sockeye and chum / pink salmon are pretty similar depending on the watershed, some run big but I have never caught any that seemed inordinately huge.

Trout & Char, 2 foot = big
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While like many other anglers appreciate any fish I can find, I figure trout & char over 2 feet to be a rare catch and have held that as my mark. Salmon differ by specie; King, anything over 40 lb is pretty nice fish; Silvers, I caught one a little over 23 pounds a couple years ago and that was a beauty. Most sockeye and chum / pink salmon are pretty similar depending on the watershed, some run big but I have never caught any that seemed inordinately huge.

Trout & Char, 2 foot = big
Ard: Oh yes that huge Silver from a couple years ago (I remember that beast well), that was a true trophy!

Mostly, I think any tout over 20" is a very nice trophy, but like Sasha pointed out it really depends on the water. On those small creeks anything above average is a good trophy.

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On the small streams around Durango, where I live, my biggest was a 16" rainbow so that's a trophy given the usual 8" to 12" fish.

When I travel I catch lots of 14" to 17" fish so guess anything 20" or better would be a trophy.

Sorry, no pictures; my wife is still trying to figure out how to get our South Fork pictures off her cell phone.

Headed back to the South Fork next week and am going to fish the Hoback, Gros Ventre and Greys rivers for the first time.
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I'd settle for anything I couldn't lob behind me on the backcast accidentally
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good one boreal! I have done that a couple of times bass fishing............
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That's a good one Bud, you brought a huge smile across my face with that.

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Ditto, boreal! I'm still laughing

I tend to agree with Sasha in most cases. We fish a spring creek that produces consistent 20-inch browns, so our "trophy" standard is 24-inches. We also fish a high desert spring creek that only produces 'native' rainbows and brookies and I feel that anything we catch over 8-inches to be a 'trophy'. At the same time, these fish are some of the most colorful I've ever seen, anywhere.

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Amazing the color and the spots on such a small fish - a true trophy.

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