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Old 12-03-17, 05:55 PM   #1
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Default Ima call it 20

I started out nymphing settles today waaaaay below the bridge. The bite was just about nonexistent.
As I was getting rigged up to hit a spot I saw some pretty heavy movement against the bank, so I through a bugger on the end of my euro leader and started swinging. I started with a heavy black one and kept getting hung up, so I switched to a smaller unweighted white bugger. I just started down the center of the river swinging that thing through every riffle, run, and structure I saw. I got a couple short strikes right off the bat. About ten minutes in I finally connected, and he was not small.
It was quite possibly the longest five minutes of my life. I was using a 3wt nymphing rod, single click drag, and 6x tippet. He about put me in my backing a couple times. I’m really quite surprised he never broke me off. He stayed glued to the bottom the hole fight. I finally wore him out enough to get close and muscle his head up enough so that I could net him.
If I wasn’t nervous enough I had just took a gamble on some fenwick tippet that was half the price of the competition with 50% more tippet, so I was praying the stuff held up all during the fight. It did and I would buy it again in a heartbeat!
I didn’t get a really good pic with a solid reference point for a proper measurement, but i think it’s safe to say he’s 19”+.

I tried to replicate gau’s epic self portraits, but all I ended up with was this pathetic grip and glen.
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Old 12-03-17, 05:57 PM   #2
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Aaaaaaand one more pic
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Old 12-03-17, 06:07 PM   #3
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What a fish Erik, glad all the hard work paid off!
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Old 12-03-17, 06:26 PM   #4
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Just for wearing that ridiculous boonie (not as bad as that homeless ironic woolie you wore yesterday), its safe to say that fish is at least 21".

I hope you took it home, otherwise all those other browns are going to reach a growth plateau Congrats man you deserve it, especially after that other one.

I want my leader back!
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Old 12-03-17, 06:49 PM   #5
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Going by the size of your photographs, I was going to guess 40 feet.
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Old 12-03-17, 08:32 PM   #6
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Nice fish!! You wrangle a brown like that and you can wear whatever hat you want!! Great work!
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Old 12-04-17, 05:29 AM   #7
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That's a good fish Erik, looks like boogers are back in style
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Old 12-04-17, 07:14 AM   #8
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Heck yes man! Really happy to see that for you!

That's a full grown trouts right there!
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Old 12-04-17, 07:53 AM   #9
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Great fish brother. Sounds like a heck of a fight to get into the backing. And on a 3wt was probably some fun. Very cool, congrats!
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Old 12-04-17, 07:56 AM   #10
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Great brown and congrats!
Hey Big T, what stands out in this report (this is getting fun)
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