I've been reading your blog for a while now. I also checked out some of your trout fishing videos.
You seem to emphasize that fishing further down stream is the ticket for
hooking up with bigger trout, particularly browns. For years I was kind
of stuck in a rut, fishing the same old sections of the streams I
routinely fished, and being disappointed with the numbers of larger
trout, especially big browns .
Sure there were years where I had good
luck, but that has been a long time ago now. I kept hoping that things
would change, and the spots I usually fish would again produce big trout
aside from brooder rainbows. Not that I mind tying into a big 'bow now
and then, but as you say browns are more challenging, even stocked
ones. I was fortunate enough to be able to retire a couple of years
ago, and was bound and determined to expand where I fished,
particularly getting much further down stream on some of my favorites,
as well as checking out new waters. Well I have to say the results have
been very rewarding. Last year I still had a tendency to fish the
typical spots more than I should've ( it's hard to break out of ruts).
Even then when I did try a section further down, they often produced
This year was a real eye opener for me, as I went for it
more often, venturing further down than ever before. I must say I've
had the best brown trout fishing I've had in a long time, if not ever.
Like you, I prefer spinning gear. Unlike you, my weapon of choice is
jigs and plastics. My favorite plastic is a 1.5-2" tube with
white(pearl) being my favorite color. I also use curly tail grubs,
craws, hellgramites, and plastic worms. The latter can be great after
rain events big enough to wash a lot of worms into the streams. I will
say though, that I have started using spinners again since you seem to
swear by them.
Needless to say, they've added some nice fish as well to
my totals for this year. I mainly wrote to you to say thanks for giving
me the impetus to explore new water. Although you're not the only one to
make the claim that big browns move downstream to find more forage, and
escape fishing pressure, your many photos of bruiser trout was the
final nudge I needed. I just wanted to let
you know you a hand in making my trout fishing more in line with what
I'm looking for, big fish.