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    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.

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    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.

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    19" Clinch Brown on a #18 Sulfur Thorax. I was shaking so fiercely I was struggling to hold it...



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

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    Chem E;

    Wicked Awesome brown; they have always been my favorite.

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    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.



    Here is one that was a little over 18.



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

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    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.
    I am a great admirer of spectator sports, especially on television; it keeps the riffraff off the trout streams.

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    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!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Knapp View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat Fly n View Post
    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.

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    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...

    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.
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