02-12-2009, 10:29 PM
Re: Finding A Big Brown Trout
Great thread Ard, and great tips.
Largest so far was a 28" brown on a sinktip, ripping a big size 4 black marabou muddler through a hole.
Many of the big browns are fish eaters so it makes sense to go at them with streamers if you're targeting them.
A couple things I'd add are:
Fishing at night can really up your odds. A lot of the big browns are probably nocturnal anyway, but some of the meatiest hatches, at least around here, happen at night. Eastern Green Drake spinner falls, and large stoneflies hit the water well after dark in June on many waters, and I imagine that's true of some of the midwest hex hatches as well.
The best lies are taken by the dominant fish, and if you catch a good fish in a particular spot, chances are there will be a good fish there the next time you go back, even if it's a different fish. And it should also help you target other potential spots that seem to have the same characteristics.
October is a great time to target big browns as they tend to be moving out of lakes to spawn.
Sometimes you'll find big browns in some of the gnarliest places. Years ago I made a couple of trips out to Colorado on business and managed to fish a bit for one big brown that lived on the outside edge of a bend under a bank near a huge deadfall. I saw a flash, and cast a western green drake dry--- he rose to it, he stopped short and he drifted back with it, inches from the fly. I tried a few more times with an emerger, and finally put him down. Came back 3 weeks later, same spot, same fish, same deal, rise to the fly, drifting back with it. Never got him, never got him to take. It's been 10+ years and it's still "my" most memorable fish.