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tnflyfisher
12-20-2011, 01:24 PM
With December quickly coming to a close I thought it might be neat to look back on the year and see how other fellow anglers did... The traffic on the forum has seemed to really slow down here lately so what better than some fish p**n to spice things up a bit and get us all excited about next year... :cool:

If you can, post up some pics of your best fish for the year. If not, then at least a memorable catch.

For me it really was a tie... best bow and brown. Both were caught back in February.

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a341/kevinlanephotography/RainbowTR.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a341/kevinlanephotography/BrownTR.jpg

Happy Holidays to all!!
Tight Lines,

ifish4wildtrout
12-20-2011, 08:32 PM
My best fish of the year was a 15+ inch wild rainbow, caught in a Virginia blueline, 2/17/11. Not a great pic, but I was trying to work quickly to get her released, I did not have a net that day.


http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n256/fourcats714/dscf1130.jpg
http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n256/fourcats714/dscf1132.jpg

My best brown of the year was this 10-11 inch wild brown caught in a NC blueline on 3/08/11.

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n256/fourcats714/012.jpg
http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n256/fourcats714/014.jpg

My best brook trout was this 9.5 inch wild brook caught in a NC blueline on 5/21/11 and again on 7/11/11. The brook was caught in the same hole on the same fly both times. +1 for catch and release.

5/21/11

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n256/fourcats714/028-2.jpg

7/11/11

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n256/fourcats714/001-6.jpg

As we all know about the one that got away, on 2/23/11, I caught a 17+ inch wild brown in VA that refused to have his picture taken, biggest brown I have ever caught. On 9/11/112, I caught a wild brook in NC that was at least 11 inches, biggest brook I have ever caught, he also refused to have his picture taken. At least Oldman saw that fish, so I have a witness. :smile:

I did catch some stockers one day in winter of 2011 that were larger than these fish, but I only count wild, stream born fish.

ifish4wildtrout
12-20-2011, 08:36 PM
A few others that I think deserve honorable mention. These are a combination of NC bluelines, VA bluelines, and GSMNP fish.

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n256/fourcats714/024-2.jpg
http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n256/fourcats714/027-2.jpg
http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n256/fourcats714/010-5.jpg
http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n256/fourcats714/001-9.jpg
http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n256/fourcats714/059.jpg
http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n256/fourcats714/064.jpg
http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n256/fourcats714/021-1.jpg
http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n256/fourcats714/017-2.jpg
http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n256/fourcats714/008-1.jpg
http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n256/fourcats714/dscf1148.jpg
http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n256/fourcats714/dscf1119.jpg
http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n256/fourcats714/dscf1127.jpg

aumatt87
12-20-2011, 11:55 PM
First trip to Montana. 21" Rainbow
http://i916.photobucket.com/albums/ad3/smithma87/Hoppertime-6-2.jpg

5xtippett
12-21-2011, 02:17 PM
Here is a Smith rainbow put on here by accident!

http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo284/JBCLMC/6-24-11Smith005.jpg

A couple of Davidson browns

http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo284/JBCLMC/Davidson5-19-11016.jpg

http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo284/JBCLMC/Davidson5-19-11020.jpg

5xtippett
12-21-2011, 02:23 PM
Here is a Smith brown

http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo284/JBCLMC/Smith5-7-11028.jpg

Troutman
12-21-2011, 04:14 PM
This was not a very good year size wise for me but here are a few memorable catches.

best smallmouth

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/gltroutman/IMG00165-20110319-1104.jpg

best largemouth

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/gltroutman/003.jpg

best white bass

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/gltroutman/9-3-2011009.jpg

best sunfish

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/gltroutman/wadetrip7-19004.jpg

best trout

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/gltroutman/fishingandshootin040.jpg

best trashfish

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/gltroutman/IMG00216-20110410-1809.jpg

and last but not least ....craziest catch

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/gltroutman/64thbirthday040.jpg

DarrinG
12-21-2011, 04:58 PM
Not my best year either for big fish, but quantity made up for it. One of my better smallies of 2011:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DarrinG/Smallmouth%20Bass/4-8-11-TC002.jpg

One of the better blue-line wild trout caught:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DarrinG/Trout/4-14-11-ST005.jpg

Plenty this size, which is a blast:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DarrinG/Trout/Newberry-11-1-11035.jpg

And the year was a good one for fishing too. Just the places and scenery was well worth the trips:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DarrinG/Trout/Newberry-11-1-11044.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DarrinG/Smallmouth%20Bass/8-23-11-Pop002.jpg

BlueRaiderFan
12-21-2011, 11:51 PM
Not my biggest but definitely my favorite:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OudCYFtQOTo/TnQa8k6TvnI/AAAAAAAAAWk/vtHQ5Vi7YEs/s1600/Smokies+9-9-2011+040b.jpg

troutmanbrook
12-23-2011, 12:02 PM
http://i41.tinypic.com/34opyzd.jpg

David Knapp
12-23-2011, 12:28 PM
I was blessed with a great year fishing wise. An early season trip to the Grand Canyon landed this nice rainbow along with a lot of other fish...

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/drknapp83/IMG_4960.jpg


The brown trout bite was good for me this year with lots of nice fish to hand.

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/drknapp83/IMG_5612.jpg

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/drknapp83/IMGP0009.jpg

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/drknapp83/IMG_1039.jpg


http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/drknapp83/IMGP0284.jpg


http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/drknapp83/IMGP0383.jpg


A trip deep into the backcountry put me on some of the prettiest brookies you'll find anywhere...

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/drknapp83/IMGP0004-2.jpg

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/drknapp83/IMGP0001.jpg

And then there were cicada eating carp...

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/drknapp83/DSCF1068.jpg

I have so many great memories from this year, and while these are some of the larger or otherwise memorable fish, there were so many others that stand out as well...definitely a great year!!!

BlueRaiderFan
12-23-2011, 02:24 PM
David,

You are a MOCHINE! :biggrin: Wow...very nice, especially those browns from the mountains.

Dwayne

Knik
12-23-2011, 11:27 PM
Those are some great catches guys, looks like there was a lot of fun out on the water this year.

This 18.5" brown from the park, was the highpoint for me this year. He was a little tore up (dorsal/lower jaw) but I was happy.
http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h159/TNtrapper_2006/010640x480.jpg