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Old 05-28-2009, 08:46 AM
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What in your opinion is the hardest fighting fish on the fly rod? For me, it is the silver bullet known as the steelhead
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In 1881's Book of the Black Bass, author Dr. James A. Henshall stated that the smallmouth bass "inch for inch or pound for pound is the gamest fish that swims"
I tend to agree
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Not as spectacular as smallies and steelhead, because they don't jump. But small tuna, like false albacore are pretty tough with a lot of heart. It's not unheard of for them to literally fight to the death and be tough/impossible to revive (because of lactic acid build up in their muscles). Blistering runs, and incredible strength, they're an amazing fish in a such a small package. Unlike most fish, tuna are semi-warm-blooded with the ability to regulate their internal temperature to some extent- a biological adaptation for speed, strength, and endurance. As an added bonus, they often "light up" with intense neon colors as they're zooming around on the end of your line. They can be tough to target with a fly rod, but lb for lb, they are a truly amazing fish.

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In 1881's Book of the Black Bass, author Dr. James A. Henshall stated that the smallmouth bass "inch for inch or pound for pound is the gamest fish that swims"
I tend to agree
Great book, I have two copies lol
I have to agree also that smallies kick but, on a fly rod or any other rod for that matter. I think carp would run a damn clsoe race thou
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Delta Stripers are the hardest fighters out here. Carp are right up there too.
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Amberjack, Permit, Jack Cravalle, False abacore (actually in the mackeral family) or any tuna are about as tough as anything around that regularly eat flies.

A couple years ago , we were over some amberjack and the one guy got spooled 3 times with 300yds of backing and never landed one. His buddy hooked up one on a 50# baitcasting outfit and fought it for 45 min and the knot broke without ever seeing the fish.
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Default Re: Hardest Fighting Fish

I think a fresh spring run steelie has giving me some good runs for my money, but a big smallie aint far behind. I dont have alot of different species under my belt so these are just my experiences.
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Siamese fighting fish, but you have to have a mirror....

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a pissed off big northern pike has some real fight to them.
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pound for pound it is the bluegill sunfish...bream...shellcracker...whatever u call them where u live.
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