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Life of Riley  
#601 Posted : Sunday, January 5, 2020 4:50:47 AM(UTC)
Life of Riley
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Bill I caught him on a #6 panther martin gold color. It also has some brown/orange yarn on the treble from the factory. He hit hard and gobbled the lure down. He was a hard fighting 19 1/8" fish. We got 12 fish that day, 11 browns and 1 brook. The fish were biting very well, aggresive and put up a fight. That was on Jan 1st and air temp was stable all day at 30-33, perfect conditions, warm enough but not too warm as we didn't notice snow melt and the fish bit good right until sunset. I went again today and we landed 5, and the fish were more lethargic.
#602 Posted : Monday, February 3, 2020 4:37:08 AM(UTC)
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Was at a Super Bowl party up near the headwaters of a trout stream.

Had been to this house before, but had never fished there.

Took a rod and went down to the stream for the last half hour of light and got this girl...


Nice 18-19 incher.

Had no net, so no way to get any photo other than the release - which of course is just fine.

Best to get her back in the water quickly anyway.

I have a nice little cut on my thumb from her toothy maw and you can see me bleeding in this photo.

This is only the third trout I've caught in 2020 - been on the ice mostly and the times I've gone out trouting have been on high risk, high reward big fish water that's been very cold and mostly dead.

My first big one since early October. What a rush, feeling that adrenaline again. About 5-6 weeks till big brown prime time and I'm starting to get excited for it!
“Harvest eaters... release trophies.” -Gurth
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