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dirty530
04-28-2013, 03:36 PM
After the circus yesterday, me and my buddy Mike decided to hit up the upper AR. Got into some QUALITY fish and the best part, out of 7 fish only one of those beauties had to come home but Mike will enjoy it for dinner. I was really happy Mike actually wanted to let his fish go! We caught an enormous squaw fish and normally we would kill it, but we decided to let it go. Their all apart of the ecosystem and I told him I don't think I could kill a wild animal just because. Plus, the squaw adds to the ecosystem in other ways. Large sqaws like the one we caught keep the ecosystem in check, so I've been releasing them the past few times I've caught em. Tried out my buddies ultra light set up and caught a 13" rainbow. That thing peeeeeled out line for hella days and took forever to get in. Won't use a UL again... they're sure fun, but definitely not practical for large river trout. Instead, i'd rather have caught that guy quickly released it and caught more vs. spooking every fish in the hole with his peeling out line.

Buck
http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz271/Aaron87schultz/Aaronbuckd_zpsdbeb8586.jpg

Buck close up
http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz271/Aaron87schultz/buckcloseupd_zps6455a58f.jpg

Mike's first trout of the season
http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz271/Aaron87schultz/Mike1d_zps963c2850.jpg

Ultra light trout. Ultra light... psshhhh
http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz271/Aaron87schultz/ultralightd_zpsc2344b0c.jpg

BIG SQUAW
http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz271/Aaron87schultz/squawd-1_zpsce36dee0.jpg

insearchoffish
04-28-2013, 07:24 PM
Nice fish Dirty! After catching planters all winter its nice to see a healthy square tail !!!!!
That squaw was a beast, must have put up quite a fight.

Captain Compassion
04-28-2013, 08:11 PM
Nice Dirty. You did the right thing and got rewarded. Beautiful trout.

CC

Rugby Lock
04-29-2013, 06:46 AM
Nice fish Dirty! After catching planters all winter its nice to see a healthy square tail !!!!!
That squaw was a beast, must have put up quite a fight.
Another noob question... what do you mean by square tail?

iggybabble
04-29-2013, 08:04 AM
Square tail refers to the healthy, full size tail and fins of a wild fish. because most hatchery trout are raised in crowded conditions, in relatively confined space, most have relatively small and rounded tails, and often times other fins as well. Dirty, you bring up a good point regarding gear, in an effort to be more "sporting" some anglers use gear, or employ drag settings so light that fish need to be fought for too long a time, and if one plans to fish C&R, this may actually work against both you and the fish. Great fish, nice pictures, a winning post!

Marv
04-29-2013, 08:16 AM
Nice fish dirty, good deeds on letting the squaw go too.

We all like what we like. No need to have the drag set super light on and ultra light, bend the pole in a half it can take it. To set your drag on any pole simply tie your line to something and step back set your drag tight as possible and load up the rod (pretend you have a fish and put pressure on the rod). Load it to just below where you thing the line or the rod will break and the loosen the drag slowly so that it take quite a bit of rod pressure to pull drag. You can water ski fish in with a quality ultra light rod all day long.

Like I said we all like what we like :)


Another thing, when you gonna bust out that fly rod :)

salmonid
04-29-2013, 08:20 AM
Nice looking trout! Looks like a good time,

dirty530
04-29-2013, 08:36 AM
@iggybabbly: The only thing i would add is that square tails usually are wild fish, whereas the fish with rounded, beat up tails are usually raised in concrete pens. The concrete or other hard material causes abrasion on the tail fins. And you're correct about using more practical gear for C & R purposes. I'll have to find the title of the scientific journal the article was in, but the gist is the quicker you can get them in, the more energy they'll have to recover. And being caught, according to the article, is a pretty tramatic thing and it effects the trouts eating behavior for 6months to a year afterwards, and ALSO stunts their growth. I'll really try to find this article because I'm sure it could convince a lot of you ultra light fans that like to c & r.

@Marv: that sounds like a clever idea, but 1. i don't like applying pressure to my rod unless its with a fish. I try to use each part of my fishing gear as a tool, and I try to use each tool for it's intended purpose, on fish. This is also why i would NEVER try to free a snag by lifting my rod up, i'd always pull back. But that's a good idea. I usually just pull on the line and if it can pull with some resistance the drag's good.

RideNfish
04-29-2013, 08:54 AM
Great Job Dirt530

Glad you got into the quality! My best fish are always the full tailed versions. I would rather catch a 3 pound full tail than a 8 lbs pen tail any day! But that's just me oh, and I know it's your opinion as well.

Dig the squaw. It's a nice fish within it's own category. I would of liked to catch it.

Cheers,

Bainter1212
04-29-2013, 09:31 AM
Wow that is one big squaw! Glad you got into them good.....I agree with Marv on the UL setups. No need to set such a loose drag. I fish with UL alost exclusively and I bring them in quick.....no need to fight that 13" so much. Then again my motivation to fish with UL rod and reel is for size and weight considerations.....not for the fun of the fight. I run 6 lb test with light leaders after all.......

Capt Kirk
04-30-2013, 11:56 AM
Awesome fish way too go!

saizo
05-01-2013, 09:17 PM
Beautiful fish dirty. I was wondering if you been catching any fish. Nice pics and report.

Troutoholic
05-02-2013, 07:08 AM
After the circus yesterday, me and my buddy Mike decided to hit up the upper AR. Got into some QUALITY fish and the best part, out of 7 fish only one of those beauties had to come home but Mike will enjoy it for dinner. I was really happy Mike actually wanted to let his fish go! We caught an enormous squaw fish and normally we would kill it, but we decided to let it go. Their all apart of the ecosystem and I told him I don't think I could kill a wild animal just because. Plus, the squaw adds to the ecosystem in other ways. Large sqaws like the one we caught keep the ecosystem in check, so I've been releasing them the past few times I've caught em. Tried out my buddies ultra light set up and caught a 13" rainbow. That thing peeeeeled out line for hella days and took forever to get in. Won't use a UL again... they're sure fun, but definitely not practical for large river trout. Instead, i'd rather have caught that guy quickly released it and caught more vs. spooking every fish in the hole with his peeling out line.

Buck
http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz271/Aaron87schultz/Aaronbuckd_zpsdbeb8586.jpg

Buck close up
http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz271/Aaron87schultz/buckcloseupd_zps6455a58f.jpg

Mike's first trout of the season
http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz271/Aaron87schultz/Mike1d_zps963c2850.jpg

Ultra light trout. Ultra light... psshhhh
http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz271/Aaron87schultz/ultralightd_zpsc2344b0c.jpg

BIG SQUAW
http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz271/Aaron87schultz/squawd-1_zpsce36dee0.jpg
heck yeah dirty! Way to get em bro that first bow is sweet! Thanks for posting and keeping the environment in mind.