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    Two years ago just about this time of year, a friend and I were fishing the MPLR. He played around with a brown that he said was 20+ inches long. Never could get it to take the fly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tnflyfisher View Post
    You know that is not what I meant DK...

    I agree with you 100% here and I would imagine that if you managed to catch one, it would truly be a park trophy to be proud of. That's why I was buggered that I lost that fish because I knew it was wild and was a big'un for the park...

    Tight Lines,
    Don't worry, it will just haunt you the rest of your life as you had that ONE real trophy on...........just for a second! I know I still relive that moment from time to time, thinking about that huge brown in the park.

    They're there, but you have to put in alot of time or get real lucky.
    I am a great admirer of spectator sports, especially on television; it keeps the riffraff off the trout streams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knothead View Post
    Two years ago just about this time of year, a friend and I were fishing the MPLR. He played around with a brown that he said was 20+ inches long. Never could get it to take the fly.
    That fish belongs to BRF, if you see it again, please leave it alone so he can finally bring it to hand... <reloading>

    Might want to check the title again...

    Tight lines,

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    I caught a 18 and 3/4 inch rainbow in the canyon section below the falls on Abrams creek in 1986,this was before I started using a fly rod and was using stickbait on a size 10 eagle claw bait hook.In 94 I caught an 18 inch rainbow on a size 14 extended deer hair body parachute green drake that I tied using a recipe in Jack Dennis' Western Fly Tying book(still a great book all these years later).This fish was caught about 50 yds above the falls so he was not a lake run fish.

    I caught a 17 inch rainbow on a 16 red humpy in Nov of 93 a couple of miles upstream from the lake on Hazel creek,I guess he could have come up from the lake,it was a very colorful fish that was heavily spotted,sort of like the ones I have seen in magazine articles about Alaskan ones called leopard rainbows.About a half hour later meet two sports with spinning rods who had a dead brown trout that was closer to 30 inches than 25 hangin on a stringer,truly a magnificent beast.

    A guy that used to post here(creation bear)told me about catching a 17 in rainbow above camp 18 on the West Prong of Little river,I guess it might have come upstream after being stocked in Townsend.

    The section of Cattaloochie from the park line to Waterville lake used to have some really big rainbows(and browns).I cannot imagine these fish swimming up from that nasty lake.

    So,yeah I think there are rainbows that big in park waters that are wild streamborn fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tnflyfisher View Post
    That fish belongs to BRF, if you see it again, please leave it alone so he can finally bring it to hand... <reloading>

    Might want to check the title again...

    Tight lines,
    No way...that fish doesn't exist. It was 12" at best. Just ask all the guys that have never had one on in the park that size.

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    The problem with rainbows attaining large sizes is that they do not live very long, at least in the Southeast. It is my understanding that they seldom live longer than four years, while browns can live much longer and thus attain much larger sizes. So in order to have big rainbows, you really need fertile streams filled with bug life.

    I understand Steve Moore, biologist for the Park, rarely shocks any rainbows over 14 inches.

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