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NBrevitz  
#11 Posted : Friday, November 10, 2017 3:32:41 AM(UTC)
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Some of you catch massive Browns, my god.... I better step my game up LOL LOL
In all seriousness, well freakin' doneThumpUp

Here's a few of my more memorable fish from the year. Three tank Brookies, a few Salmon, and the fattest Brown I've ever seenLaugh

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"I fish because I love to: Because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness."
mbchilton  
#12 Posted : Friday, November 10, 2017 3:56:27 AM(UTC)
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Dang. I thought I had a decent year until I opened this.
Gurth  
#13 Posted : Friday, November 10, 2017 4:12:05 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: mbchilton Go to Quoted Post
Dang. I thought I had a decent year until I opened this.



Lol.

This is why I stopped following Trout Porn on Facebook.


Sometimes it's like I'm not even going after the same species. Laugh
Your mother had a tongue like a trout!
Guillermo  
#14 Posted : Friday, November 10, 2017 4:29:51 AM(UTC)
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I did not catch any of them (season was closed) and I do not have pictures of them....But when scouting some spots a couple weeks ago to check out spawners I saw a group of brookies in the 18-22 inch range. Hopefully when I get back next year in season I will finally have the picture to prove how big the brookies can get up here.
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EddieRivard on 11/10/2017(UTC)
William Schlafer  
#15 Posted : Friday, November 10, 2017 6:53:19 PM(UTC)
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Easy choice for me, it would have to be the two Tiger Trout I caught this year. I landed a few 17" Browns this season also, but I've caught em that size or bigger in the past, and they don't measure up in my book to the Tigers for awesomeness and the satisfaction I felt when I caught them.

The one exceptions might be this chunky Brown I caught while fishing with my buddy Dan:

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It was noteworthy because we were targeting a much larger Trout I had lost on a earlier visit to this same stream. We worked the pool with no results and then moved up stream to a narrow spot with a undercut bank. I quipped to Dan something like "if I was a big Brown Trout this is where I would be hiding" and right on cue he came up and ate my hopper. I pretty much called my shot, and it was fun to have Dan there as net man and witness.


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EddieRivard  
#16 Posted : Saturday, November 11, 2017 5:05:00 PM(UTC)
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I usually don't like to share my best fish because I'm not the bragging type but here are a few fish and memories that I wont soon forget.

Here is my 15.75 inch Brookie that I caught on the opener. What a fighter it was.
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I took up Carp fishing on the fly this summer and this was one of my nicer specimens.
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There was about a three week period around the end of July and early August where I adjusted my sleep schedule to alloy for mousing every night. I think I will have to do that again every year. What a riot.
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By the dark of the moon on the sixth of June in a stream bed full of logs. Five weight Bankrobber with a bunny strip on there was Eddie hunting hogs.
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Who could forget my 22" Smallmouth that I caught while pursuing Musky on the fly. I didn't get that Musky that I wanted but this is a good consolation prize to tide me over until I get that Musky.
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Well I did get this little Musky while fishing for carp but I don't really count it since I wasn't using my 10 weight when I caught it.
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First Catfish on the fly
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First Dogfish on the fly.
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And then I ended the season with this beauty of a Brookie. At a tad over 15 inches it was my second longest ever but probably my heaviest due to it's overwhelming girth.
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Exploring a smaller river with my canoe.
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The addition of stabilizers to my canoe has made fishing from it ultra enjoyable. Two guys can fish standing up without issue. Link to Stabilizers
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I have always made a practice of giving back to the resource. Here is a day when I volunteered with a stream shocking crew this summer. What a hoot.
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Yeah I guess you could say 2017 has been a decent year. ThumpUp

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Gurth  
#17 Posted : Saturday, November 11, 2017 5:48:52 PM(UTC)
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Actually love seeing that musky as I've never seen one that small.

Really cool markings.


I find it odd that I've never run into a snake sized musky in all my years. I don't know anyone else who has either or at least haven't been with them when they did.

Where do they hang until they're big?
Your mother had a tongue like a trout!
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EddieRivard on 11/12/2017(UTC)
EddieRivard  
#18 Posted : Saturday, November 11, 2017 6:02:48 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Gurth Go to Quoted Post
Actually love seeing that musky as I've never seen one that small.

Really cool markings.


I find it odd that I've never run into a snake sized musky in all my years. I don't know anyone else who has either or at least haven't been with them when they did.

Where do they hang until they're big?


This one was in a small creek that feeds a chain of Musky containing lakes. The same kind of creek that you would find spawning carp in during the early part of summer.

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Gurth  
#19 Posted : Saturday, November 11, 2017 6:44:46 PM(UTC)
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Like I said, really cool looking fish.

Almost looks like it should come from a jungle river or a reef.


Reminds me a little of how juvenile smallies often have much more distinct markings with greater contrast...


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Makes sense as the smaller fish have more to hide from and are likely in shallower waters.
Your mother had a tongue like a trout!
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EddieRivard on 11/12/2017(UTC)
tendimes98  
#20 Posted : Thursday, November 16, 2017 1:01:14 PM(UTC)
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My summer of trout fishing in the driftless was short, due to different work and school requirements that only allowed me around 7 weeks of time at home to figure out when the best days were to make the 5 hour trip up from central Iowa. Although short, I still managed to get into some of the bigger fish of my young fishing life. I really got into throwing more streamers this year, trying out new waters, and expanding my trout fishing skills. Met a few new trout bums, got into tying flies, and I am more than excited for what 2018 has in store for trout fishing. These are some of the bigger fish I was able to get pictures of this summer, other big fish were simply caught and released, with the parting splash of the tail burned into my memory.

My first of the bigger trout came on a clear day, clear water, new creek... Almost every cast resulted in a strike from trout in the deep pools on the Frick's Fix.
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Later on the same trip, I caught another nice fish sight casting to bigger trout in a beaver pool. Again, on the Fix.
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My final trip of the summer resulted in some of the best night fishing I have ever had. It started after a spectacular day of throwing hoppers for hungry brookies all day with my dad, nothing huge, just solid, driftless brook trout. We ate a good dinner and decided to go out for the last time. I tied on one of the newer streamers I had tied, committing myself to catching a big trout on it. The first couple of the night were small, 10" browns that had more of an appetite than they did size.
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A few downstream casts later, I hooked into a real nice fish towards the end of my cast right next to the bank. In classic fashion, the water erupted as the fish attempted to escape the grasp of my articulated streamer. A few short moments later, the fish was in hand. After a quick photo, the fish was released and swam away healthy.
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Within five casts after this fish, I hooked into the fish of a lifetime. My rod doubled over as the fish took off. There was no way I could control where he was going, this fish was the one. He swam back and forth across the pool, and bolted for a downed tree across the stream. I tried to put on the brakes and slow him down, and that is when my 15 lb leader snapped. I was in shock. I had never felt such strength in a fish at the end of my line. Lesson learned... use a heavy, HEAVY leader when fishing for heavy fish.

A couple weeks later, my grandfather sent an email about catching a big fish in the same pool. He mentioned that the big male had a scar in his upper jaw. I am certain that this was the fish I broke off on... the fish is still there. Ready for the next night mission.

After that, I tied on a heavier leader and another streamer, moved downstream, and caught a final, colored up brown to end the driftless season for myself before I had to go back to school.
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All of these fish have me more than excited for 2018. Until next time.
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