27 inches on a size 18.

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  1. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    My friend Robbie and I decided to do a little fishing this afternoon, since the weather was in the low sixties. We met up at the local shop at noon and did the usual stop at Taco Hell for lunch. After downing something that no self respecting Hispanic would ever eat let alone call a taco, we headed for the river. We headed down to a nice hole that has a large old snag downed in it. I started bellow the snag and Robbie above. I worked my way up to the snag with no love, only spooking one nice fish. Robbie worked the water ahead of me pretty fast as he wanted to head up to the head of the pool. I made my way around the snag and saw a fish rise just in front of it. I made two casts and fish on. Landed a nice 16 inch bow that made several aggressive runs before coming to hand. While fighting the bow I noticed several larger fish following him around the hole. After landing him I traded out the X flouro for some X and my secret caddis puppa pattern. I dropped it bellow a very large rubber legged stimmi that was guaranteed to wake any trout up.

    After rigging up again and checking all my knots I made a crap ass cast that left me wondering why I ever started in this sport. With the feeling that I had to redeem myself on the next cast I took a breath and made one of those Lefty Kreh tuck casts that make you realize why I love this sport. My stimmi landed almost on top of the caddis puppa. About ten feet into the drift the stimmi shot under the water. I set the hook and did not think much of it. The fish just sat there in the current for what must have been a good ten seconds. I held pressure never once thinking this would be a fish of a lifetime. Then it was like a light switch went off in the big old trouts head, and he realized he was hooked. Off to the races it was. he took me up stream, he took me down stream. Several times I had to really put the wood to him to keep him out of the downed snag. I fought him for about ten minutes and finally landed the guy with my friend Robbie's help. He tapped out at 27 inches and that's no joke. This was the biggest rainbow of my career so far. And to make it all the sweeter, I landed him on X with a size 18 hook.

    A post script to this. After taking my hook out of his mouth I noticed that is was almost bent straight. Another minute and I wouldn't be here writing this report. So now here are the pics. And no long arm filter was used on this camera.

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  2. papafsh

    papafsh Piscatorial predilection

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    :thumb: Very nice! did it actually fit in that net?

    LB
     
  3. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    Not a chance. Robbie and I were debating on what to do for about 5 minutes during the fight. There really wasn't anywhere to beach the monster. Robbie ended up scooping it up head first and holding the tail.
     
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    Awesome report, man. I could almost feel the fish fighting against the current while reading your story.
     
  5. flybill

    flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

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    Damn! Nice fish John! I'm sure it was landed on 6x though, so ... :clown: couldn't resist, since no one else had!

    The weather looks awesome, I thought the big winter storm was coming in! Keep posting that fish porn for us out here!

    Bill :cool:
     
  6. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    The weather hit today. Rain Rain Rain. We really needed it though.
     
  7. Itchy Dog

    Itchy Dog Some call me Kirk Werner

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    Sweet report and epic fish. Just curious what weight setup were you using?
     
  8. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    Itchy, I was using a 5wt SLT with a Ross Rythm.
     
  9. yuhina

    yuhina Tropical member

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    Great report! John!! Congratulations!

    Amazing secret #18 pupa! You should frame that fly with your photo!
    GOOD JOB!!
     
  10. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Great story John - thanks for sharing. I'm not what makes me more jealous though: the big fish or weather in the 60s ;)

    K
     
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    Big fish + little fly = interesting story. It's always a hoot. The biggest steelie I ever caught on the trinity in California was caught on steelhead tactics. But it had a size 20 or 22 disco midge with some trailing 5 or 6x tippet stuck cleanly in it's lip! the angler who lost it probably never had a clue how close he came to the fish of a lifetime:p
     
  12. Gary Thompson

    Gary Thompson dirty dog

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    Sweeeeeet.
     
  13. tythetier

    tythetier Fish Slayer

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    NICE FISH!!! I HATE IT WHEN I GET CASTING DISLEXIA. I OFTEN READ A BOOK 'CASTING FOR DUMMIES'.
     
  14. EasyE

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    Cool story and pics. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Great story and pics! Your bio doesn't say where you live; in what state were you fishing that you could find fish of that size and water like you were fishing? I'm not looking for the GPS location or secret rock to stand on, etc. . . . :thumb:, just curious.
     
  16. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    Richard, that fish was caught in North Carolina.
     
  17. mstrofsinanju

    mstrofsinanju {Fly fishing} = Time well spent

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    Sweet fish. Great story and, well told.
    Good on ya!:beer2:

    I spent some time in Jacksonville, North Carolina for the military many many many moons ago. I was not into fly-fishing then though. Looks as if I should have been.
    I'm jealous.

    Happy new year all!
     

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