Define your "exceptional" searun cutt

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#1
I was reading a blurb in a flyfishing magazine yesterday regarding searun fishing in Puget Sound. The author stated that 20" fish are not exceptional, foot long fish are common and flyfishing for cutts has never been better.
I personally disagree that a 20" searun isn't an exceptional fish. You can fish many long hard hours before hooking up a 20" searun.
If I catch a 20" searun, not only would I consider that an exceptional fish, that would be an exceptional fishing day. I've alway considered src's to be great fish. In my opinion, anything 16" or bigger to be super quality fish.

So, what would you consider your exceptional src?
 

Richard E

Active Member
#2
I was reading a blurb in a flyfishing magazine yesterday regarding searun fishing in Puget Sound. The author stated that 20" fish are not exceptional, foot long fish are common and flyfishing for cutts has never been better.
I personally disagree that a 20" searun isn't an exceptional fish. You can fish many long hard hours before hooking up a 20" searun.
If I catch a 20" searun, not only would I consider that an exceptional fish, that would be an exceptional fishing day. I've alway considered src's to be great fish. In my opinion, anything 16" or bigger to be super quality fish.


So, what would you consider your exceptional src?
Brian, what magazine, which article, and who was the author? Man, a 20" searun is exceptional! As you said, a searun 16" or better is a very nice fish.
 

Go Fish

Language, its a virus
#3
Brian, I agree that anything over 16 inches is exceptional for a SRC. Most of the fish in Case Inlet tend to be 10 to 12 inches however last year I hooked at least 4 fish in the 18-20+ range in front of my house. I think the SRC population is improving in my neck of the woods. David
 
#4
i read the same thing, and just shrugged my shoulders. i think a 20" cutt is pretty darn exceptional. maybe just a typo or ingnorance. oh well!
richard-
it was in the fly fish america march copy, 6th annual salt edition.

ben
 
#6
I hate fly fishing magazines. Sure the pictures are cool, and they make you fantasize about great destinations, but in the end, who knows if the guy writing can even fish or know what he is talkin about.
Really goes to show that anybody with some real writing talent and a propensity to make no money can get stuff published. :beathead:
 

dryflylarry

"Chasing Riseforms"
#8
I have fished almost twice a week since October. I would say 18" and above is an exceptional fish. I have got my fair share since Fall and I would say this has been an exceptional year for me for SRC's. The fish I think are really exceptional tho, are the ones that thrash, jump like a rainbow, and run! Oh yeah baby, and they only have to be 14-15" at times for me to put them on the "E" list! :)
 
#9
Fly Fishing Mags Suck, they are full of s***. Most of those guys that write are only in the business to make themselves look good so they can sell more crap. People always get subscriptions for me as gifts so I do read them, but I treat most of them like tabloids.

Twenty plus inch SRC's fight like crazy (more like salmon then your typical trout), Larry is correct the 14 to 16 fish fight more like trout. Guys that write crap like that probably have not spent the time on the water or have the knowledge necessary to fully appreciate what it would take for a SRC to get that large. I have caught my fair share of twenty inch fish and they are few and far between then I think most people think. The exception being those of us that put hundreds of hours a year on the water fishing for SRC's.
 
#10
i read the same thing, and just shrugged my shoulders. i think a 20" cutt is pretty darn exceptional. maybe just a typo or ingnorance. oh well!
richard-
it was in the fly fish america march copy, 6th annual salt edition.

ben
Im not a big fan of that magazine at all. I was reading an article about the Clark'S fork and Bitteroot rivers. besides the fact that no one calls it Clark's Fork anymore, the author had the gumption to say that fish to 10 lbs are common!!!:rofl:
 

alpinetrout

Banned or Parked
#11
Im not a big fan of that magazine at all. I was reading an article about the Clark'S fork and Bitteroot rivers. besides the fact that no one calls it Clark's Fork anymore, the author had the gumption to say that fish to 10 lbs are common!!!:rofl:
He probably didn't know the difference between the Clark Fork and Clark's Fork of the Yellowstone and assumed the names were interchangeable.
 

Tony

Left handed Gemini.
#12
I was just reading the washington report in FFA and it was talking about the excellent searun brown trout fishery we have here something I'm pretty sure doesn't exist.
tony
 

Go Fish

Language, its a virus
#14
Those searun browns are the ones you catch right at the sewage treatment outlet. Must be just off Magnolia. Not much fight in them.
 

D3Smartie

Active Member
#15
Anything over 16-17 inches is a great fish. anything over 20" is exceptional. There just arent many that break that mark. Obviously this guy has no idea what he is talking about or it was a typo.