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Old 07-04-18, 07:42 PM   #11
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Congrats man! Thatís freaking awesome what a trophy of a native fish.
Iím still searching for a 12Ē speck myself I hope I can get one eventually.
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Old 07-04-18, 07:50 PM   #12
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Wow! 12"+ with a solid mid-section. Very rare, indeed. That's one you'll always remember, for sure. Kyle, congrats on an epic fish; it doesn't get better than that. Great post also.
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Old 07-04-18, 09:04 PM   #13
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Beautiful fish.
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Old 07-04-18, 10:41 PM   #14
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Fish of a lifetime. One that size has always been on my bucket list.
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Old 07-05-18, 05:55 AM   #15
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Congratulations on an epic brook!
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Old 07-05-18, 07:52 AM   #16
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Beautiful! Congrats, Kyle! That is one hell of a fish. Mounting it?
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Old 07-05-18, 11:01 AM   #17
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Think of all the seasons fished, pools explored, creeks waded, trails hiked, topo maps scrutinized that went into that one fish ... WOW. The wilderness offers its finest rewards to the most patient people. Well done, sir.

There's often the question of keep or toss back (I almost always toss back, but there are definitely times when it 'feels right' to keep and cook) but that is one old fish who avoided a lot of lures and baits over the years - feels like the right thing to have taken him with you. That's a great fish to enjoy for the rest of the slow season.
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Old 07-05-18, 03:11 PM   #18
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K2 - great fish and story, you earned that old timer!
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Old 07-05-18, 10:31 PM   #19
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Thanks for the kind words fellas. To answer the question, this trout was destined for the table, and not the taxidermist. I am scrounging pennies right now and trying to save $ for a new truck. On the issue of keeping the trout, my keeping it was strictly pragmatic. I just knew I had to put a tape on it. Otherwise, it'd have been nice to let it go. This trout was an old soldier. Who knows what lures, flies, and bait he had seen. Who knows if or how many times he had been caught before. This might very well have been a fish that one of you all caught before and released in the past. Who knows?!?!i I release 99% of the specks I catch on that creek, and I fish it avidly. It might have been one that I released once or twice before in the many years I have fished it. I would like to have let a SPECIMINS like that swim away. Had my tape been in my pack, that would have been the case. I'll keep any ol' speck on occasion, but I'd be tickled to let an old war horse like that swim away.
Buckman and many others urged me to mount it. I did consider it. I guess I'll resolve to mount the next biggun I catch. I'm shooting for 13" now. Might take me another 8 years, but if a 13incher gets the hook sometime around the year 2025, it is going in the wall.
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Old 07-05-18, 11:01 PM   #20
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Aslan was with you in the woods! Great fish man. Really unbelievable

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