So how about big ones? I know that's what most everyone wants to know. To me process to approach each trout is more important than the sizes but I wouldn't mind catching big ones, given opportunities. Again, now is the time!!
In my observation, intensity of fall-run from Yellowstone River to DePuy's (www.depuyspringcreek.com) seemed quieter than past seasons as of when Pass started. I wasn't disappointed or anything. Rather, I've been keeping my senses (eyes, ears, and noses) keen to detect the move.
What I mean by "quieter" is number of river-runners and their aggressive/violent bites seemed lower compared to the same days of past seasons. So my catch also started with moderate ones.
Yesterday evening, I officially observed several trout making groups at likely spots of creek.
Then drama of my fishing life occurred.....
As it darkened most anglers left the creek. I was still hanging around soon-to-be redds area. Those top 3 trout were very satisfying but I saw an incredible size of movement by huge body. I figured that was totally out of ordinary size. I rigged up two-streamer rig. Casting slightly up-stream and swung/drifted toward it. WHAM!! I got hooked!! It pulled my line violently down-stream. I followed. I felt it might be foul-hooked but also size and weight were beyond normal. It got closer then ran away. I wasn't aware of but it seemed my line tangled on my reel handle.....SNAP!!..........Definitely best of the season and even my life record......... I thought it was the call for the day........ Took off indicator and started to reel slack lines........
HOWEVER!! As I looked at where it broke on me, I still observed the same shadow on the bottom, just like a submarine at a halt. Maybe, could be, potentially, I might be able to re-hook it. "At least, I should try. This is the second chance given by Fishing God". So I quickly attached my indicator and 2X tippet with a split shot, and tied on a simple go-to OTTER's Soft Egg. It took me barely a minute and the shadow was still there. I made casting again. 5th or 6th cast, my indicator reacted and I set the hook..... YES I HOOKED IT AGAIN!! This Time, since it was so close, I saw it did bite on my egg fly!! YES I HAD HER EAT!! Tug-of-war started again!! But this time, it definitely felt exhausted. It ran into the edge of creek. I followed and the entire move essentially cornered it, so to speak. Now, netting time!! I wasn't sure if my net was big enough...........but at least captured the most part, including the head, and I could control it............. I swore to myself "watch what you wish for. You really want a big fish? This is TOO BIG!!"
Holding the "basket" with both hands............
26-inch length & 14-inch girth
she's supposed to weight a bit over 6 pounds. But remember brown trout accumulate fat this time of year and furthermore, females have eggs inside, up to 4 or more pounds!! What do you guess!!?? Imagine holding TWO of 5-lb beef burger chubs at grocery stores on each hand (side by side, parallel to the earth). I can attest she was longer & heavier than that...........
Lucky? Yes I was. But also let me give you two important tips to achieve that luck.
1. Large trout in spawning mode become active in the dark. They can be in the creek all day. But they seldom (or never) show themselves. You've got to target when their inhibitions get slightly low and make moves to public lights!!
2. Anglers have to have willingness to stay late, especially on these cold fall days. Be prepared in terms of flies, tactics, clothes, and mind-set!!
I'll be guiding on the River this weekend. So let me know how you do while I'm away from the creek!!