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Flat Fly n
05-08-2012, 09:41 PM
As I sit here for the 10,000th time tying somekind of dry fly in some delicate pattern one thought comes to my mind........What is the largest trout you have ever caugth and landed on a DRY fly!

#18 Cutthroat in the Snake River on an ant of all things for me!

Maybe I will go back and tie some more nymphs and streamers tonight!

drag line
05-08-2012, 09:52 PM
27"rainbow on foam black ant, near boone NC.

http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x163/hudson8312/27rainbow.jpg

Flat Fly n
05-08-2012, 10:09 PM
Knowing you, you shot that fish first and then put that ant in it's mouth! Oh son!

David Knapp
05-09-2012, 12:16 AM
Mine was a big brown on the Taylor River in Colorado. Did not put a tape on the fish but it was probably around 22". Caught it on a #18 or #20 CDC BWO emerged pattern...one of the most visual and heart-stopping takes I've ever experienced as I watched it slowly ghost up under the fly, drifting back about 4 feet before slowly sipping it off the surface...

Corbo
05-09-2012, 07:19 AM
LOL; when I go shooting with folks I don't hold the target.

tnflyfisher
05-09-2012, 11:17 AM
So far nothing has exceeded about 17-18". One of the more memorable occasions though was a few years ago fishing in VA. A nice bow about 17" came up and took a small royal wulff stimulator as it floated by. After setting the hook he literally rocketed out of the water about four feet into the air and proceeded to follow that with some entertaining tail walking. Everyone that was in close proximity to me really enjoyed the show, as did I.

Hopefully, one day, I will have a pic of a monster Atlantic to take the top slot... ;)

Tight Lines,

Knothead
05-09-2012, 02:32 PM
17 inch rainbow on the Hiwassee on a #14 EHC; 16 inch rainbow on the Tellico on a #14 sulphur- in September! Fish didn't have a hatch chart.
To keep things in perspective, my smallest trout was a 3 inch brookie on a #14 EHC from Rough Ridge at the last campsite in TN.

TNBigBore
05-11-2012, 12:28 PM
My biggest on a dry was a 23-24" bull trout in the Frank Church Wilderness in ID. It came up and swallowed a size 2 Chernobyl Ant. Talk about a rush!

David Knapp
05-11-2012, 02:16 PM
My biggest on a dry was a 23-24" bull trout in the Frank Church Wilderness in ID. It came up and swallowed a size 2 Chernobyl Ant. Talk about a rush!

That is AWESOME!!! Someday I hope to get a chance to fish for Bull Trout, but in the meantime love hearing about others experiences...

CinciVol
05-11-2012, 02:31 PM
17.5" rainbow on the Clinch last week! She sipped a #18 CDC sulphur dry. Bigegst trout on any type of fly for me. I am still flyin' high from that one.

Trico
05-11-2012, 03:50 PM
As for myself about an 18 or 19 inch cutthroat on the Snake River on a hopper pattern. My wife on the other hand did manage about a 25 inch Brown on a hopper pattern on the Missouri River.

waterwolf
05-11-2012, 05:26 PM
A 15 lb steelhead on a bomber, fish was probably 36" long. As for true trout I caught a 25" rainbow on the Henry's fork on a #18 rusty spinner. Around here I caught a 23" rainbow on the clinch on a sulphur back in the early 90's.

Its funny to think about some of the big fish u have caught on dries over the years considering I hate fishing them now and usually don't.

ChemEAngler
05-19-2012, 09:19 PM
19" Clinch Brown on a #18 Sulfur Thorax. I was shaking so fiercely I was struggling to hold it...

http://knxtravis80.zenfolio.com/img/s1/v5/p933405073-3.jpg

That is still probably the most excited I have ever been while fishing.

Corbo
05-20-2012, 08:43 AM
Chem E;

Wicked Awesome brown; they have always been my favorite.

5xtippett
05-20-2012, 05:16 PM
I have caught a couple of browns close to 20 inches on beetles. One on the SoHo several years ago and one on the Davidson last year. If you count foam beetles as drys!

Here is a skinny one from the Davidson.

http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo284/JBCLMC/Davidson5-19-11014.jpg

Here is one that was a little over 18.

http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo284/JBCLMC/Davidson5-19-11013.jpg

That one from the Clinch was twice as heavy as either one of these.

Flat Fly n
05-20-2012, 09:23 PM
Leave it up to an engineer for an accurate measurement of a fish! HA! Just off the head alone I would have said that fish would be over 20". Sweet looking brown! You must have been excited, you left out the tail in the picture! HA.

yonder
05-22-2012, 03:34 PM
20 inch cutthroat.........size 24 red ant pattern....soda butte creek....yellowstone park........august, 2010.......took about an hour to fiqure out what that fish was rising to.....what a day!!!!

TNBigBore
05-23-2012, 07:38 PM
That is AWESOME!!! Someday I hope to get a chance to fish for Bull Trout, but in the meantime love hearing about others experiences...


We did not even know there would be Bull Trout where we were fishing. We were after the abundant numbers of 12-17" West Slope Cutts, and caught quite a few of those as well. We caught numerous 18-22" Bull trout that trip. They are without a doubt the most agressive, strongest, meanest trout I have ever seen. It was like they were trying to double back on themselves and bite your arm when trying to unhook them.

ChemEAngler
05-23-2012, 10:08 PM
Leave it up to an engineer for an accurate measurement of a fish! HA! Just off the head alone I would have said that fish would be over 20". Sweet looking brown! You must have been excited, you left out the tail in the picture! HA.

Trust me, I honestly thought it had broken the 20" barrier. Immediately after the hookset, it rocketed out of the water. When I saw how large it was I started yelling for my buddy to bring his net. After landing it, he quickly pulled out his tape, we measured it, and it was safely released.

MadisonBoats
05-24-2012, 07:45 AM
Mine would probably be a 18" rainbow on a #12 sulphur pattern. I am going to work on some night mouse-frog action for some big-boy trout this summer. That counts as dry flies I think...:rolleyes:

BTW; the dry fly action is at its best if you can be on the water 7-8:30ish each evening. We have been landing a fish on every other cast with a variety of sulphur patterns.

g022271
05-26-2012, 11:35 AM
Just caught my biggest fish (18 or 19" Rainbow) to date yesterday on the Missouri River just above Craig, Mt. on a Wooly Bugger #12. I've got a picture , but need to figure out how to post it on here. (I just saw where this was meant for catches using a dry fly. )

Mike

drag line
05-27-2012, 02:13 PM
Mike if you get a chance stop by Headhunters in Craig, Mark is one of the owners he has a wealth of knowledge and is awlays happy to help plus they have a great shop


http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x163/hudson8312/P6070098.jpg

here is a 19" brown I caught there at the boat launch at Craig in 08

g022271
05-27-2012, 02:40 PM
Drag Line - Thanks for the name. I'll be down that way several more times while I'm here and I'll be sure to go by there and see Mark. I need all the advice I can get .

Mike

o2bfishin
05-28-2012, 10:27 AM
A 20" cutthroat on a #16 lime trude from the 3rd meadow of Slough Creek in Yellowstone National Park. Awesome take!

waterwolf
05-28-2012, 10:43 PM
Normally don't post pics, but here is a decent fish I caught on Sunday on a dry.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u52/limbhanger_photos/Cicadas002.jpg

mstone
05-28-2012, 10:59 PM
That's a nice fish.

Flat Fly n
05-29-2012, 10:26 PM
Waterwolf,
REALLY nice fish! Clinch?

Only one problem. We all know you were using your special fly for that beast!
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee78/tnflyfish/511db268.jpg

waterwolf
05-29-2012, 10:53 PM
Waterwolf,
REALLY nice fish! Clinch?

Only one problem. We all know you were using your special fly for that beast!
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee78/tnflyfish/511db268.jpg
:biggrin: I would only use that pattern at Calhouns.

That fish did not come from the Clinch.

troutmanbrook
05-30-2012, 01:56 PM
I am going to work on some night mouse-frog action for some big-boy trout this summer. .

That super full moon we had a few weeks ago would have been an awesome time to do some mousing. Let me know when, I'm definitely game!

MadisonBoats
05-31-2012, 07:04 AM
Normally don't post pics, but here is a decent fish I caught on Sunday on a dry. Very Nice Fish for a dry!

That super full moon we had a few weeks ago would have been an awesome time to do some mousing. Let me know when, I'm definitely game!
Danny, I am thinking this weekend if you are interested(?) Send me an email or give me a call.

silvercreek
05-31-2012, 01:30 PM
Here is my best on a dry fly. Henry's Fork on a #14 flav.
http://i589.photobucket.com/albums/ss334/silvercreek_01/forkbow.jpg

fourx
05-31-2012, 10:11 PM
Waterwolf,
REALLY nice fish! Clinch?

Only one problem. We all know you were using your special fly for that beast!
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee78/tnflyfish/511db268.jpg


Exactly!!! Good one Phil.

Caught a 23" bank sipping brown on the soho during a bwo hatch. Got it on a #20 parachute Adams. Tough cast, tough drift, and probably the the epitome of my life as a fisherman. Had my buddy take 2 pics with my camera to capture the moment, released the fish, and found out he only held the button down halfway both times.

Great fish 'Wolf. Did you catch it on Road Prong?

4X

waterwolf
05-31-2012, 10:42 PM
Exactly!!! Good one Phil.

Caught a 23" bank sipping brown on the soho during a bwo hatch. Got it on a #20 parachute Adams. Tough cast, tough drift, and probably the the epitome of my life as a fisherman. Had my buddy take 2 pics with my camera to capture the moment, released the fish, and found out he only held the button down halfway both times.

Great fish 'Wolf. Did you catch it on Road Prong?

4X

Dang it, you found out my secret spot. :biggrin:

Flat Fly n
06-02-2012, 01:57 PM
Silvercreek,
What a great fish off Silver Creek! That fish has a PhD in entomology based on the stuff it sees thrown at it on one year, and you fooled it! Fishing downstream with a dry?What an ecosystem that place is.

Here's a couple of picks that will jog the memory. One for those that don't know you have to sign in everyday. The place is owned/leased/ or run somehow through Nature Conservancy so you sign it and state your business in the area.
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee78/tnflyfish/1f87a338.jpg

http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee78/tnflyfish/99a6a404.jpg

No Hackle
06-02-2012, 02:13 PM
Really nice fish wolf. What X tippet and how long was your leader. Must have taken a while to land.
Lynn

silvercreek
06-02-2012, 02:48 PM
Thanks. That fish was from the Henry's Fork, altough Silver Creek is my favorite stream as you might guess from my user name. I almost always fish downstream on the western streams. From your pic, I'd say your down around where Loving Creek enters Silver Creek. Beautiful shot and it does bring back memories.

waterwolf
06-02-2012, 10:18 PM
Really nice fish wolf. What X tippet and how long was your leader. Must have taken a while to land.
Lynn


That one came on a unique set up, leader length was about 7.5' and the tippet was 02X, which is 24 lb. Surprisingly the fish didn't take too long to land, she jumped so many times it wore her out quick.

Flat Fly n
06-02-2012, 10:29 PM
That one came on a unique set up, leader length was about 7.5' and the tippet was 02X, which is 24 lb. Surprisingly the fish didn't take too long to land, she jumped so many times it wore her out quick.


sounds like an Alabama rig to me!:biggrin:

waterwolf
06-02-2012, 10:40 PM
sounds like an Alabama rig to me!:biggrin:
:biggrin:
Having just seen an Alabama rig for the first time, I can honestly say I would spend more time unwrapping myself from that mess than actually fishing with it.

I dread the day when I would tie that nightmare on.

No Hackle
06-04-2012, 10:03 AM
[QUOTE=waterwolf;101383]That one came on a unique set up, leader length was about 7.5' and the tippet was 02X, which is 24 lb. Surprisingly the fish didn't take too long to land, she jumped so many times it wore her out quick.[/QUOTE

WOW!What kind of dry fly do you use with 24lb tippet. Cant see the fly in the photo.
Lynn