Angler Story of the Week: Big Brown Runs for Undercut Banks

“We were a few miles from the end and to be honest I was tired and ready to finish. I had the boys fish a flat that sometimes holds good fish. The clouds had rolled in and although we were fishing shallow water we couldn’t see below the surface in the glare. Chads dry torn under water and directly in the stream under my oar. I knew right away that this was a big trout. I swung the boat around so Chad was facing upstream and the fish continued to rip upstream, then jumped. No one said a word after the dance. The fish was ready to back up when it turned and came towards us. I started rowing hard back so Chad could keep tension on the fish. She went under the boat and straight onto a bank of subdued grass. Somehow Chad got the fish out of that bank and weaved it around a snag. The fish came close to the boat and I could see it was on #18 at 4.5x. It lay down for just a split second and I almost got out of the boat reaching out to net it. The fish spun perfectly in the net and we all started screaming. I grew up on the south fork and have been guiding it for the past 7 years and have never personally seen a fish of that caliber. It was an incredible moment to have one in the net.”

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