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#1 Posted : Monday, July 15, 2013 7:03:00 AM(UTC)
Rank: Dragon Fly

Joined: 4/16/2012(UTC)
Posts: 189
Location: Madison

People always suspected that 2Pac was still alive but they all assumed that Biggie Smalls was dead. I finally spotted him the other day while going for some Browns in Dane County. I was standing on the rocks of a 3 foot water fall that drops into a perfect pool. I was going for brown trout because they are the only fish that I've caught in this stream besides one 22" northern.

I was using a 8'6" 5wt with 5x leader/tippet and a #12 black wooly bugger with a small splitshot about a foot up the line. I would let it fload into the pool then pull it back up stream.

After about 5-10 retrieves, I thought I got snagged on a rock. Turned out to be a big ass Smalley! Because I only have 5x line, I had to run him to complete exhaustion. The total battle took 15-20 minutes, maybe longer. In all, he was around 18"-19" and 3.5-4lbs. As reference, my net opening from the long way is 15.5 inches....he clearly fills all of that up and hangs out.

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#2 Posted : Monday, July 15, 2013 7:23:47 AM(UTC)
Rank: Stone Fly

Joined: 3/12/2012(UTC)
Posts: 80
Location: Menomonie, WI

Very, very nice fish. I miss fly fishing for smallies. Olive woolly buggers always killed them for me.
#3 Posted : Thursday, July 18, 2013 7:49:24 AM(UTC)
Rank: Dragon Fly

Joined: 4/9/2012(UTC)
Posts: 1,174
Location: Sauk County

On 5X. Damn my man. Very well done. Very nice fish.
"My position is, we should have a clean, healthy, diverse natural environment so I can go fishing. Because fishing makes me happy." - John Gierach
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