I caught this brown trout on a small stonefly nymph near the tailout of the Cairns’ Pool on the Beaverkill River just outside Roscoe, NY nearly 40 years ago. It was the middle of June on a warm sunny morning, after most of the spring hatches had ended on those Catskill area rivers. Take note of my stylish attire, including that Lefty Kreh-style hat, and those clip on sunglasses.
I didn’t measure this fish before I released it, but looking at the picture, and measuring the length of my hands and forearm, I believe it is somewhere between 26” to 28” long.
A couple other guys were fishing the upper part of the pool at the time I hooked that brown, and came down to watch me fight and land it. One of those guys had a camera and was nice enough to take that picture which he later mailed to me.
That is so cool! Wish I could turn back the clock at times. That is indeed a huge chrome buck. Washington was a paradise back then. No traveling to Idaho, Montana, Alaska, BC, etc.....We had it right out our back door and we had the best of everything