The Year of the 19 inch Fish......over and over again.

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  1. Roper

    Roper Idiot Savant

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    I prefer two other measurements for trout, the SPT and LPS. The first is the Smiles Per Tug method. Even the smallest of trout can meet that requirement. The Laugh Per Splash method calculates air time, the resultant splash, and the frantic thrashing of trout at or in the net. Brookies at the net seem to be the top qualifiers, but Kamloops strain trout with their air time and following splash are a close second.

    BTW, Vladimir I don't feel sorry for you at all...:rolleyes:
     
  2. Cruik

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    Personally, I seem to only catch 40" steelhead when I don't have anything to measure with. It's the damndest thing...Maybe you oughta lose the net and make sure you don't have anything to measure with.
     
  3. Vladimir Steblina

    Vladimir Steblina Retired Forester...now fishing instead of working

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    Mark, TroutPocket and me have given our all for fisheries research and the mystery of the 19 inch fish.

    Show some appreciation!!
     
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    Here are a couple that I will discount and say 20 to 21 in the measure net caught near my Winthrop cabin. I actually like the measure net for at least keeping you in the ball park. I will say that on a 4 wt with 4X tippet these fish were excellent fighters and gave me all the "fun factor" I need! Rick 2013-05-25 10.05.47.jpg 2013-05-25 10.06.11.jpg 2013-05-25 10.46.12.jpg
     
  5. Vladimir Steblina

    Vladimir Steblina Retired Forester...now fishing instead of working

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    Where did you get that measure net?? It looks like it is rubberized.

    Anyway.....is 21 the new 19??

    Took my last "serious" fishing trip of the trip yesterday. Fishing was real slow only 5 fish to the net in six hours. 19, 21, 21, 21, 23. Water temperature was 64 degrees and the algae bloom was starting.

    Breaking down the pontoon boat today and will use the float tube for smaller lakes and fish from the point forward.

    Looking forward to serious lake fishing in the fall!!!
     
  6. aplTyler

    aplTyler Inept Steelheader

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    That looks like a Measure Net bag on a different frame. Vladimir, they've been producing a rubberized measure net bag for a few years now. I have one for my general trout net. I also have a random small extra rubberized measure net bag laying around if anyone wants it that's unused.

    That said, those are some GREAT fish. On a four weight, those would be a real good time.
     
  7. Vladimir Steblina

    Vladimir Steblina Retired Forester...now fishing instead of working

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    well, those fish belong to Todd.....looks like 21 is the new 19.

    I will post pictures of my fish...soon.
     
  8. Rick Todd

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    Vladimir-The first picture you can't see the measurements, but the second one the tail is between 13 and 14, (call it 13) and the head is between 7 and 8, call it 7. That adds up to 20 at least. The third picture the tail is 14 (call it 13) and the head is almost 9 (call it 8) which is 21, but I think it is an approximation anyway! I ordered the net from measure net to replace the previous net in the wooden frame (frame made by a fellow 4th Corner Fly Fisher named Dan Coombs) as the other net wasn't rubberized and I wanted a rubber one. Let's go fishing sometime! Rick
     
  9. Golden Trout

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    Not only did I not see a 19" fish caught at Chopaka but I saw, maybe two or three nets dipped during my stay. I waited for the May Fly hatch which had "perfect" conditions including overcast, cool, breezy weather. This makes for duns taking lots of time to dry their wings so my ugly size 12 patterns have a chance. I managed a total of 3 fish landed with a lot of hard work and persistence. Two fish were about 11 inches and the other was a "boot" about 15 or so inches. Two of these fish were caught over a 5 hour period on an eventual caddis pupa pattern. Chironomids of all sorts and sizes at many different depths both with and without the bobber. I did notice an increase of fish that were probably staging for a very meager callibeatis hatch.

    I am thankful for the cooler than anticipated water temp of 60.7 degrees that will not last much longer because the next 10 days are calling for mid to upper 80s and even 90s here in the valley.
     
  10. Vladimir Steblina

    Vladimir Steblina Retired Forester...now fishing instead of working

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    Posted pictures on my blog. Lots of pictures of 19 inch fish!!!

    End of the eastern Washington Lake fishing season for me. We will see if I can make it to Montana this summer!!