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dirty530
09-23-2012, 05:40 PM
Fished the upper AR looking for big rainbows but was pleasantly surprised to find a good amount of browns. They look like they're stacking up in the tail end of the riffle areas, getting ready to spawn. Overall I caught 8-10 fish, all a pretty good size too with the exception of the one rainbow I was forced to keep. I tried out a size 12 brown crystal bugger and a 1/8 oz silver little cleo and got a smack on both, but nothing stuck. I also tried beefy 2" tube jigs with no avail. I ran into to a fly fisherman who lost a pan size rainbow at the bank. He was using a leech pattern with a sinking line.

Worked the bank and, in doing so, ended up walking a few miles along the rocky slopes, moving from hole to hole. After catching some rainbows and 13" browns I hooked into a big rainbow that came off the hook (I'd estimate 18"). Decided to go home and hit a hole I caught a brown out of earlier one more time and was rewarded with my biggest trout yet. An extremely nail-biting fight in a swift current with jagged rocks when using 5lb test. When I caught her in the net, I couldn't believe it... I really caught her! A very mature hook-jaw German brown. I could almost fit my fist inside it's mouth! She literally had fangs and the thickest jawbone I've every seen on a trout. And the best part... CATCH AND RELEASE!

I feel very proud that my 3 years of scouting, practice, and love for fishing have lead me to find places like the ones I go to and catch fish like the MONSTER BROWN I caught today. AWESOME!

Now for the good stuff

http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz271/Aaron87schultz/brown_1d_zps22c1fd62.jpg

http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz271/Aaron87schultz/bigbrownd_zps3f7dc963.jpg

http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz271/Aaron87schultz/bigbrown_2d_zpsb7742fab.jpg

the release

http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz271/Aaron87schultz/release_zpsce60bf71.jpg

Owlman2
09-23-2012, 06:00 PM
Good Job 530! Beautiful fish! Wish I had caught it....

RideNfish
09-23-2012, 07:47 PM
Nice stuff for sure! Good job!

Jfitalia
09-23-2012, 07:54 PM
Great stuff man

iggybabble
09-23-2012, 07:55 PM
A really beautiful fish,great job in the capture and the successful release!

HMONG_James_Vang
09-23-2012, 08:01 PM
sweet looking brute, congrats brother.

Marv
09-23-2012, 09:17 PM
Awesome, that fish has a bulldog head!!!! What a beast, and all the sweeter in moving water too. Glad to see he'll fight another day.

insearchoffish
09-23-2012, 09:20 PM
way to go dirty! Nice fish and report!

Captain Compassion
09-23-2012, 09:29 PM
Very nice. Those are beautiful browns. The big one is beautiful. Fall is here and the river browns are doing what they do.

CC

saizo
09-24-2012, 04:44 PM
thats what im talking about dirty !! nice fish