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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Christmas come early...

    incredible fish!
    thanks for sharing
    (yeah, i'm jealous s well)

    casey


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    We're having summer up here this year compared to some years.
    12-10-1977: Digging Out : News : UpperMichigansSource.com

    And today it's: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick...tField2=-86.83
    Last edited by rockriver; 12-10-2012 at 05:33 PM.

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    Thanks everyone! It took a lighter clown egg pattern I tie. I only use natural colors. Most fly tyers use yellow, but I rarely use anything too loud. Mostly, pinks, creams, oranges etc etc. I had originally she was a snag, until she slowly started to move out into the heavy current. I then thought she was an old king still in the river. I saw the square tail and thought, "There's no way that's a Brown Trout... it's too damn big." I am glad I was incorrect. I had to go through some scary rapids and water half way up my back, but it was well worth it. I will try and get all the photos and HD video into some kind of compilation on our youtube channel.

    @ DiverDan... you don't have any good moving water by you?

    @Rockriver... yep this gimongous female is still alive and swimming in the same river I caught her as far as I know.
    James Pryal
    Into The Wild Fly Fishing

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    Congratulations on a fish of a lifetime James! What an absolute pig of a fish! I'm sure that catching it on your own fly made makes it that much better of an experience--if that's possible. What a fish!
    ~*~Leave only your footprints~*~

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    Default Re: Christmas come early...

    Quote Originally Posted by rockriver View Post
    We're having summer up here this year compared to some years.
    12-10-1977: Digging Out : News : UpperMichigansSource.com

    And today it's: NOAA National Weather Service


    James, Nice Fish!!!


    rockriver, I definitely remember the 12/10/1977 dig out snow storm; we were stuck at the cabin for several days because they couldn’t clear the roads. Good times for us snowmobiling!!!
    Popperfly >-<(((((*>

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    Awesome fish! Congrats on the successful c and r. The natural colors do seem to work on pressured and larger fish, thanks for sharing that. Again, AWESOME.


    Charlie

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    Wow! What a fish. You wonder how many eggs a fish that size would have to eat, they must be a food source the fish really enjoy.


    The more you know, the less you need.

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    @pszy22... There are several species that spawn in the fall. Eggs are a huge staple in lake-run fish's diets. I prefer natural colors, although that may not make all that much difference.

    Once again, thanks to everyone. I appreciate the positive comments.
    James Pryal
    Into The Wild Fly Fishing

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    Congrats on the huge fish!

    Any idea of its length or weight?

    Dave
    I was going fly fishing until my wife suggested it, now I can't tell who is outsmarting who!

    Being "one with nature" requires a knowledge of what animals are living nearby and a weapon of sufficient magnitude to give you at minimum an equal chance of survival. No one has an invisible aura that animals can detect and sense your good intentions.

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    @ Dave... it's a possible Upper Peninsula of Michigan Record... especially on the fly. It measured 31" long. It weighs around 30 pounds. It was over 9 inches tall from belly to back. It also had an incredible girth over feet long.

    I'm not sure if there is any way to tell for sure. I am waiting for a return email from our DNR. Either way... I could care less. I was happy enough to just be privileged enough to fight and land this monster. We took some HD footage of it.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gl0xnRcnBc]Into The Wild Fly Fishing Guide Service, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, 30 Pound Lake Run Brown Trout - YouTube[/ame]
    James Pryal
    Into The Wild Fly Fishing

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