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AKinMN  
#11 Posted : Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:30:46 AM(UTC)
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My answer is slightly different: "A way for people with low self esteem and self-worth to feel self important on social media." And why is fly rod always thrown over the shoulder? OhMyGod

In all seriousness, I agree/echo what's already been said. In AK on certain rivers trophy bows' are measured more by girth than length.

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William Schlafer  
#12 Posted : Saturday, March 14, 2020 4:51:38 PM(UTC)
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I'd certainly consider a 12" Brookie caught in a DA stream a quality fish. Anything above that would fall into the trophy class for most folk. 20" is the gold standard for Brown Trout, but as mentioned earlier, a Trout with a wide girth is more impressive that overall length. I've caught my share of skinny 18-19" Browns over the years.

While visiting Massachusetts for work a couple years back, I showed some locals some pictures of the Brookies and Browns I've caught and they were impressed. It sounded like a 10" Brookie there was considered good, and anything bigger was uncommon.


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big_river_bum  
#13 Posted : Sunday, March 15, 2020 2:01:53 AM(UTC)
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i don't target big fish much anymore, but if i ever caught a 20" on a dry fly(not hopper) i'd brag about it til the day i died

17" on caddis is my best so far.

big stonefly would probably be your best bet.
shebs  
#14 Posted : Sunday, March 15, 2020 2:28:36 AM(UTC)
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I was (almost) disappointed that this beast I got today was only 19.5", but it had shoulders and a kype...probably 3-3.5 lbs, heavier than most of the browns I've caught that were 20-22" long. it's all relative, just enjoy it!

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Caught 2 brookies that were about 12 too, but those were definitely in the "not the droids you're looking for" category on this river.

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big_river_bum  
#15 Posted : Sunday, March 15, 2020 2:40:16 AM(UTC)
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pig!

nice to see fish that fat in march
shebs  
#16 Posted : Sunday, March 15, 2020 3:04:33 AM(UTC)
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pig!

nice to see fish that fat in march


didn't catch all that many today, but none had missed any meals. wish it had been harvest season, the 12-13 inchers we caught were just chunky and ripe for the bonking
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Gurth  
#17 Posted : Sunday, March 15, 2020 8:57:25 PM(UTC)
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Shebs’ fish reminds me of this one I got a couple of years ago.


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None of my shots from that ^ second angle turned out.

Was sure that it was 21 or 22 and put a tape to it and... 18.5.

Connected to this thread I would say that fish comes readily to mind and I remember where I caught it and that it was the fattest football brown I’ve ever seen.

I have photos of lots of fish that are longer than that one that I really don’t remember much specifically about including some 20s.

So which are the trophies?

Well that’s where you get into semantics.

When I think of a “trophy” brown in the general meaning of that term as it relates to fish, that football above is not one.

Memorable, unique and awesome for sure, but not a trophy brown.


As Shebs said... it’s all relative but I’d say that the thread was originally asking for a standard.

Just one trout guy’s opinion.


End of ramble but I got some time on my hands here.
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William Schlafer  
#18 Posted : Sunday, March 15, 2020 10:47:47 PM(UTC)
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Memorable Trout fall into trophy class for me.

This beautiful gold colored Tiger Trout came at the end of a long day of fishing a couple seasons ago. I was tired and thinking more about dinner and the long drive home when he came charging out from under a chunk of overhanging grass along the bank and crushed my hopper.

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He put on a great fight with a couple of wild runs and jumps. I wish the photo had turned out better. The gold color was unusual and brilliant in the sun. I've never seen a Tiger quite like this one before or since.

I recall every moment of this catch. A great memory.


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