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browniez 12-14-17 01:01 PM

2017 Brown TroutPron
 
2017 was both a wonderful and vexing year. I blew up my motor during the best part of the year, I fought water levels all year, increased pressure on the fishery, and just generally had a more challenging go this year.

The fishery is getting more and more technical and I love it!

Thoroughly enjoyed fishing with the incomparable CHEFKY, Jerry and Phil, and also my bride to be, Jess.

This is a 2017 Recap of some of the better fish caught on the "Kyped-Up" (Yes I am actually naming my Jon that), either by myself or the crew.

I interacted with more 25"+ fish this year than ever, but managed to shoot myself in the foot on landing rates more than previous years. Easily 6 or 7 fish that size lost this year.

Go Get You One in 2018!

The Mac Daddy of 2017 - The 27.5 inch Troll (Those of you who know the location know why I say this)
https://i.imgur.com/glDpMG1.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/hC9h65Z.jpg

Then in no particular order.

https://i.imgur.com/BVp1FjD.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/jRpkxwN.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/avcpnLE.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/CVNnhGE.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/ECU9Lb6.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/OVzXpgx.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/r6JePI5.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/glf0I13.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/uhQJlvE.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/cpUXXXa.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/GiyNrBc.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/XVRtf7n.jpg

WPrich 12-14-17 01:49 PM

Man all I can say is that's awesome, truly some amazing specimens you got there.

ChaChung 12-14-17 02:26 PM

You really are in a whole different universe compared to most of us....

Philhutch80 12-14-17 03:23 PM

You can all join us but you have to put the work in!!! Here is what I caught so far this year that have been some awesome fish: 1.
FAT 16"https://i.imgur.com/cjVvJQt.jpg
Colored up 19"
https://i.imgur.com/WRtDZXh.jpg
17" Baby Hook Jaw
https://i.imgur.com/aC1cZZR.jpg
23" Ole Split Jaw
https://i.imgur.com/orzR7u0.jpg
26"x17" Cow Brown
https://i.imgur.com/mybYGpM.jpghttps://i.imgur.com/QIJsIu7.jpg
Obligatory Release vid...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMu3d3Taxus



And the St. Patrick's Day Brown that Alex has above, here is the release video, beware Language btw. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31TwO8jv5XU

Oh and here is a teaser from the Montana thread I need to post... 24"x14" Jack Brown from the Ruby River.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05xxMVoVugY

YOU CAN ALL DO THIS TOO!!! Ole split jaw and the big mouth brown were caught in Alex’s boat, the big cow and the fish from Montana were both wet wading so anything is possible!!! I did it within a year of applying myself non-stop!!! Get it!!!

WadingThroughLife 12-14-17 03:24 PM

solid fish dudes



Quote:

Originally Posted by ChaChung (Post 889248)
You really are in a whole different universe compared to most of us....

dont get too down on yourself if you're predominately fly-fishing..

Philhutch80 12-14-17 03:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WadingThroughLife (Post 889254)
solid fish dudes





dont get too down on yourself if you're predominately fly-fishing..

Totally agree with this as I’m sure Kyle didn’t mean to come across as elitist by his statement. I fly fish but I also conventional tackle fish because I try to optimize my opportunities to catch fish. Whatever works for you and makes you happy style-wise do it!!! My preference is to go after the big boys and you have to dial it in. Alex has it on point as the endless pics above show. I am not there to where I would like to be and still have some big goals I am shooting for. :cheers:

gau16 12-14-17 05:01 PM

Heck of a year, fellas. Congrats on all the fishes. :cheers: to many more!

Swamp Angel 12-14-17 06:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Philhutch80 (Post 889256)
Totally agree with this as Iím sure Kyle didnít mean to come across as elitist by his statement. I fly fish but I also conventional tackle fish because I try to optimize my opportunities to catch fish. Whatever works for you and makes you happy style-wise do it!!!

^^^^^^^^^
THIS!!!

That is so wonderful to read from someone on the message boards here. We're known as North Georgia Trout Online. We're not North Georgia Fly Fishing Online. Although the majority of our members are fly anglers, we're all about catching trout by whatever legal method one may choose to employ.

I started out with an ultralight spinning set-up when I first hit the 'Hooch in a canoe with my wife. It was wonderful! We caught all kinds of trout and had a wonderful time. Eventually I had to try this fly fishing thing that everyone seemed to be so excited about. I truly sucked at it for an overly long time, but eventually I got the hang of it to a small degree.

I now fish for trout exclusively with a fly rod just because of the more intimate connection with the fish, but I would be in the wrong to declare someone to be a lesser angler than me because of their choice of conventional rod and reel over a fly rod. The fun and enjoyment is had in catching the fish, however you choose to do it, as long as it's legal.

Thanks for mentioning this, Phil. Every once in awhile it's nice to be reminded that you don't have to be a fly angler to fully enjoy catching trout. And as another point, please keep in mind that not all of us fly anglers are snobby elitists. We're in north Georgia. Most of us are redneck, hill-billy, or just plain rubes. (Except for RScott, Buck Henry, GatorByte, and a couple other high-falutin' snobs who only sip the finest scotch - neat - while on the river. :ke:)

browniez 12-14-17 07:09 PM

It's interesting because to me the lines are blurring further and further.

How is a Dropjaw head tied up much different than a bucktail jig?

Alot of the next generation of big fish guys almost fish in a bastardized hybrid medium like we do.

It's pretty cool having the ability to the up your own fish em in hmm, different ways.

retiredmp 12-14-17 07:17 PM

I recognize the fish in your third picture. I caught it too - measurements taken and it's replica is being made at the taxidermist. He is my lifetime brown trout - no doubt about it.

Congratulations on a great year in 2017. You have some great photos of awesome specimens of brown trout.


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