Fat Dolly Varden

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Roger Stephens, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. Roger Stephens Active Member

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    A couple of days ago I fished a west Olympic Peninsula river and caught a beautiful, fat dolly varden. It probably weighted 5 to 6 lbs. and was a "load" on an 8 wt. rod once it got out into some pretty strong current. It was hooked on a 3 inch bait fish pattern as seen in the side of the fish's mouth as I was swinging the pattern.

    Roger

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  2. lylelovett666 Active Member

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  3. Steve Knapp Beach Bum

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    Nice fish Roger!

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  4. GAT Active Member

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    Whoa! BIG fish!
  5. Porter Active Member

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    Very nice indeedy!
  6. Mingo the Menehune stole my beer

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  7. jumbo215 Jasper hickman

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    Very nice!
  8. rainbow My name is Mark Oberg

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    Daaam!!!!
  9. Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    Indeed a big toad!
  10. plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

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    Congrats! It's a beauty!
  11. Patrick Gould Active Member

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    Roger, how did you talk that fish into posing so nicely beside your rod?

    BTW: That look like it might be a 30 incher. Nice.
  12. Roger Stephens Active Member

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    I sweet talked to the fish like I try to do with my wife. However, the "dolly" was more respective than my wife;).

    I think that you are right. I didn't tape the fish but thought that it was probably pushing 30 inches.

    Roger
  13. Patrick Gould Active Member

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  14. Billy McFly Active Member

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    A baby Orca!!! What were you using, a baby Seal imitation?

    Seriously though – Amazing fish
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  15. Stew McLeod aka BigMac

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    Gorgeous fish! I like the picture angle too, really shows the girth.
  16. ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    that fish has been eating well this winter...
  17. dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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  18. wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

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    Olympic Peninsula Rivers Heating Up With Solid Dolly Action...
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  19. dflett68 Active Member

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    fabulous. thanks for sharing that!
  20. triploidjunkie Active Member

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    Nice!!! I don't get to see many of those.