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What are your strangest stories involving fish that you know have been caught multiple times. I got a 14" rainbow swinging a small streamer on a foothills stream. I hadn't hooked it, the point had gone through the loop of a snelled bait hook that was sticking out of the trout's mouth. Judging by the length of protruding snell, the hook had to be nearly at the other end of the digestive tract! I clipped the snell loop off and sent him back with best wishes. Another time, I was stillwater fishing with my brother and his grandkids, from the bank. His granddaughter hooks a fish on a double chironomid rig, fights it for a minute and the leader breaks above the indie (windknot). A few seconds later the indie pops to the surface and then slowly moves down the bank to his grandson and takes one of his chironomids! Fights for a minute or so and gets off. The indie pops to the surface again, and moves down towards me. Rob yells at me to look out for it. I quickly changed to a small bugger and cast several times at the indie, finally snagging it. The fish did get away, but we got back the indie and the top chironomid. It sure looks like being hooked really doesn't upset fish all that much.
 

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I once caught 6 steelhead in a pocket the size of a pickup bead, all in a row.
All different fish and all went buck crazy in that little pool.
None of them seemed to mind the disturbance in that little pool.
None seemed at all upset.

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All caught on a jig, bobber, spinning gear
 

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Strange,I was fishing the Upper Madison last year and I caught a fish with an unnatural groove on the side of its jaw.Then I caught another,and another with the same disfigurement.Actually this has been going on for years .:mad:
 

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Once while stalking the Shallows of Ennis lake I spotted a brown of about 17 inches cruising the shore line looking for Calibaetis. I watched him gulp two and drew a bead on him. I laid the fly out and when he when he saw it he immediately rose and took it. It was the first fish of the day and my nerves had not calmed down yet so I broke him off on the hook set. The fish was startled swam in about a 6 foot circle then stopped and looked right at me and didn't move! He just sat there staring at me. So I tied on new tippet and a damsel nymph and in full view of the fish i cast it right on his nose. Two short strips and he was on it! After a short fight I got both my flies back and released the fish.
 

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I fished a small stream in Washington, three years in a row in the same spot. I got some good access from the road. I fished a small hole along a rock face. I got a fish out of that same hole three years running. Each year it was bigger that the year before. I never ever made it back to that spot. I wonder if that fish is still there??
 

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Was fishing the pink run a few years back and hooked into something hefty. Turned out to be two pinks on a stringer; one was dead but the other had some fight left in him; I revived him as best as I could and let him swim off. That may be my only double on salmon!
 

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Had a fish go for the hopper on my hopper/dropper. He missed, and I snagged him in the side with the dropper. I released him with a little cut in his skin.
The next day, one pool down, he took a nymph (those hoppers are nothing but trouble, he thought). I let the poor guy go again. The mark on his side didn't look infected or anything
 

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I was fishing a sze 24 palomino on 7x tipper to some rising fish on the Bitteroot one winter awhile back when I promptly hooked and broke off a fish. Tied on another, hooked up again with my next cast, landed the fish and got my first fly back. Stuck nicely in the upper jaw. It was so small the fish didn't even notice it.

Also, I have caught the same fish multiple times on tailwaters in CO. A good example would be the Deckers section of the S. Plate. Same scarring, deformities,etc. C&R'd hundreds of times so they fight like wet socks...
 

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I was fishing a sze 24 palomino on 7x tipper to some rising fish on the Bitteroot one winter awhile back when I promptly hooked and broke off a fish. Tied on another, hooked up again with my next cast, landed the fish and got my first fly back. Stuck nicely in the upper jaw. It was so small the fish didn't even notice it.

Also, I have caught the same fish multiple times on tailwaters in CO. A good example would be the Deckers section of the S. Plate. Same scarring, deformities,etc. C&R'd hundreds of times so they fight like wet socks...
Jasmillo , I can 2nd your comments on those Deckers fish.
Not sure if you are familiar with the area I know called the Rock Garden. Caught the same rainbow twice with a 30min period on 2 different patterns. You would think the sting of the hook would put them off for a while but everything needs to eat. Not to mention those fish get wacked hard on a daily basis.
 

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Caught a nice brown on the truckee river in California when I lived in Reno. On a dry, early season. Proceeded to catch him again the next year, and one last time the year after that. All on dries, though different hatches. 26" the last year, he was growing about 2" a year. Identical spot each time, it was his early season home.
 

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Was drifting a dry fly in a small hole on the Yak this past fall when it got smacked and the fish took off into some tree roots, promptly breaking me off. Fished another hour in the same spot, but she wasn't going to rise again - at least that day. Went back a week later after a TU river cleanup, hooked her on a large dry and was able to land the fish and get my fly back from the previous week. My buddy went back a few days later, caught the same fish....

 

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I posted a picture in the salt forum a week or so ago of a src I landed that forum member @Kfish had landed the weekend prior. It was easily identified by a large, fresh wound that was visible in both of our pics of the fish.
 

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Also, I have caught the same fish multiple times on tailwaters in CO. A good example would be the Deckers section of the S. Plate. Same scarring, deformities,etc. C&R'd hundreds of times so they fight like wet socks...
I was in Denver over the weekend for a wedding and fished around Deckers on Saturday. I hooked one fish that actually blew out of the water a couple of times and fought well enough to earn himself a long distance release. But holy smokes there were a lot of dudes fishing that river.... Anyways, later that day I was observing fish in a deep(ish) pool. I kept seeing this same fish that would swim all the way from the bottom to sip a midge off the surface with it's mouth wide open the entire way. Seemed really strange at first but I kept watching it and realized it couldn't close it's mouth. I think it's jaw had been broken or partially ripped off from a previous encounter with an angler...
 

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I caught the same wild steelhead twice out of the same run on the mad river. It was a big bright 10# hen with a very distinct scar on her head. She fought like hell and I landed and released her. About half an hour later I got what I thought was a snag, until it started gently pulling. I got it in and low and behold, it had that same scar. I took a ton of time trying to revive her and she swam off. I felt bad because I figured her chances of survival weren't great after that second time, so I moved on just in case she went for it again.

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Jasmillo , I can 2nd your comments on those Deckers fish.
Not sure if you are familiar with the area I know called the Rock Garden. Caught the same rainbow twice with a 30min period on 2 different patterns. You would think the sting of the hook would put them off for a while but everything needs to eat. Not to mention those fish get wacked hard on a daily basis.
I am very familiar with the area. My go to spots were the Dream Stream, Deckers, Cheesman Canyon and a few other "quieter" areas when I lived in CO based on where I lived. I was at some combination of those spots a few times a week for about 4 years. By rock garden, I assume you mean the section right before you hit the big curve on the dirt road across from the flyshop. Or the section right as you come down over the big hill on the same road?

By the time I left CO, I only fished dry flies there. Those fish are harassed so much I hate nymphing for them. You also see the same dudes there constantly! There are a lot of rivers in CO!
 

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I was in Denver over the weekend for a wedding and fished around Deckers on Saturday. I hooked one fish that actually blew out of the water a couple of times and fought well enough to earn himself a long distance release. But holy smokes there were a lot of dudes fishing that river.... Anyways, later that day I was observing fish in a deep(ish) pool. I kept seeing this same fish that would swim all the way from the bottom to sip a midge off the surface with it's mouth wide open the entire way. Seemed really strange at first but I kept watching it and realized it couldn't close it's mouth. I think it's jaw had been broken or partially ripped off from a previous encounter with an angler...
Yeah, you see jacked up fish a lot at Deckers, Elevenmile, The Blue River in Silverthorne, The Frying Pan (near the dam), the Taylor (also near the dam), the Big Thompson below Lake Estes. Any tailwater where the access is easy. There are just so many guys chasing trout there.

Cheesman is not as bad because of the hike in but you will see it around the first fishy spots off the trail.

The Dream stream is not bad because those fish migrate so much. Plus, the lake run fish tend to actually put a bend in your rod.
 

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I've told this story here before...

When I was around 14 or so Dad loaded up the camper and myself and we headed to the upper Clearwater near the wilderness for cutthroat. There wasn't really anyone else around.

One evening I caught about a 15 inch cutt with the hook of my fly through the eye of about a size 14 pmd nymph that was in the fish someone had broken off! My fly wasn't even in the fish's jaw! I've often wondered the odds of such a feat!
 

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See this log on the West fork of the bitterroot, Right to the right of the head of the log is a deep pool. I caught this same cuttie out of there three times.

Here he is a with a wooly bugger in his mouth. So my wife wants to fish with me one afternoon and I say I know where this hungry cuttie hangs out. I set her up, tell where to fish and let her go. She casts and casts and nothing. She says you try, there are no fish here. I walk up and first cast bingo, 4th time I hook this fish. I run down stream with the fish and ask her to get the net. She just looks at me and tells me what an asshole I am. I revive and release the fish. I don't think I will catch him again when I go back to Montana this summer with my wife, but I am pretty sure I could. But then again, I really don't find the couch all that comfortable. Mems
 

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i caught a nice fish this year and a month later a nice fellow i know caught the same fish in the same spot. pretty cool. for me it was a personal best (in terms of mass) for this fishery. other guy prob has caught bigger.

different flies, both on the swing.
 
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