Discussion in 'Fly Tying, Trout Fishing' started by spinner, Mar 17, 2014.

  1. spinner

    spinner Staff Member

    Two years ago Scott LaRochelle were fishing an upper stretch of one of my favorite streams. We had fished a long ways and I was sucking wind and dragging my left knee. My vehicle was 40 yards ahead so I kept going. Scott was ahead of me and he stopped in his tracks 10 yards ahead of me and yelled at me to hold still. Scott dropped to the prone position and started casting.

    He did this for a long time before he stopped and spoke to me. He said: "There is a monster brown 15 yards ahead of me in that shallow pool in the middle. Why don't you throw your spinner in there and try to get it."

    My first cast spooked the trout and it ran around in the hole for a while and went tight to the bank. Scott told me it had to 25 inches and it was a male.

    I smiled when he told me about it being so big. This was headwater and a large brown would be out of place this far up. I went to the bank where it disappeared and stuck the end of my pole under the back and out it shot. It was at least 25 inches. I was flabbergasted.

    The pit-bull that I am,....I fished that area 30 more times by the end of the year. No big boy home. I fished it 5 times the next spring with no results.

    I told a couple of my friends about the monster. Most rolled their eyes but one in particular old timer listed to every word I said. He asked if it was ok if he went after it. I thought the fish had left the building so I said go for it and I told him who to ask for permission.

    Abe went after the trout last year in September. I never heard back from him until yesterday.

    Abe told me he went to the stretch I told him about and no one was home there but the next hole upstream was a different story. He thanked me profusely for turning him on to biggest trout he had ever seen in his life. I tossed a size 5 countdown in the next hole up and the monster bum rushed his rapala and rolled at it and never appeared again.

    He estimated the trout at 27 inches and 6 pounds minimum and male with butter coloring. I wish this dang knee and back would heal faster so I could chase it.


    Photo is of Abe from a different outing we went on in a totally different stream.
  2. Steve

    Steve Staff Member

    That will keep you coming back.