It was his first fish of the day. Third cast. Size 18 Quasimodo Pheasant Tail.
I looked at Carl and said "Well, we may as well get in the truck and head back home, cause you're not going to beat that trout!"
He didn't but he brought more than a dozen more to net.
I'd put the Farmington up against... [ READ MORE... ]
Nothing pretty about this fish - a 10 pound breeder stocked into a local stream.
What makes this fish great, however is the fight I had getting it in on my 7-foot, 4-weight Orvis TLS Power Matrix. Try battling a big fish in small water on a rod that's bent tip-to-butt section!
My buddy was too... [ READ MORE... ]
Yup, it's a stockie - but a holdover so it almost counts.
The embedded marker behind its eye told us it had been in the river for two years when it was caught.
Still trying to get my 30-incher on the Farmington!
Out to Elk Creek in search of steelhead, this bruiser brown was a nice treat.
Coming up from Lake Erie to spawn, it had great colors and plenty of fight - we were about a 1/2 mile from the river mouth.