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    Default 29.5" Brown from the Watauga 1/17/2006!!!!!!!

    Wow, words cannot explain how awesome this trip was. *I fished with Topper and we hit the Watauga. *We had already had a good day of fishing, which turned into an awesome day of fishing and one that I will never forget. *It was rainy and windy all day long. *The stream got progressively muddier and milkier from the runoff. *Towards dusk we both went to streams and boy did it pay off. *This is the largest fish I ever ever caught period, not to mention the largest trout on a fly rod. *The big boy measured at 29.5" and had a girth of 16". *Well here's the pics. *The fish was released, but not after giving me a nasty gash in my finger while trying to remove the hook.










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    Default Re: 29.5" Brown from the Watauga 1/17/2006!!!!!!!

    Very nice fish!

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    What an incredible fish! Congratulations!!

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    Maurer - That is one handsome guy!!!!!

    Yes, I am referring to the fish....

    Congratulations on such a super catch!

    Paula

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    Default Re: 29.5" Brown from the Watauga 1/17/2006!!!!!!!

    What a killer day it was. Rain pouring and fish pulling all day long. Had several 14-16 inch bows throughout the day and then that beast at the end of the day...wow!!! I had the time of my life landing that fish I can't imagine having hooked and fought it. I must admit I freaked out when I finally saw how big it was...and then again when I finally realized that the net wouldn't work....and again when I grabed the tail. I was a mess!!! It was amazing that we didn't drop the camera!!! **** of a good fish for a **** of a good guy. I'm just glad I was there. WHAT A FISH!!!!!

    Tight Lines,
    Doug

    aka TOPPER

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    Awesome! That is a great fish, good work and congratulations!

    David Knapp
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    Wow... that is one bad arse brown!

    Were you guys down in the trophy section? I was up there last fall and we moved some nice fish and brought a few to hand, but nothing like that. Congrats on the awesome catch.

    Petey 8-)

    You can't depend on your judgement when your imagination is out of focus. - Mark Twain

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    Default Re: 29.5" Brown from the Watauga 1/17/2006!!!!!!!

    Are you sure that's a brown or a small recon. submarine in disguise? Great fish!
    I'm curious as to how long you fought it and what outfit you landed it on?
    May you fish more than you wish for.

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    Kris and Doug, NICE FISH! Good Job. Kinda looks like one of those trout pillows they sold back in the 90's or was it the 80's? Byron

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    Default Re: 29.5" Brown from the Watauga 1/17/2006!!!!!!!

    Rock Hopper, I landed him on a 9' 4wt T3, the fly was a white cone head zonker (you can make it out in a couple of the photos. I was kind of wishing I had a larger rod after I had hooked him. We didn't plan on throwing big streamers when we went so I only had the one rod with me. Fortunately I had a big enough leader on that I was able to horse him in fairly quickly. The fight, measuring and photos took no longer than 10 or 12 minutes. I didn't want to kill that fish so we really tried to do it as quick as possible.

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