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One Colossal Brown Trout






I noticed this big dead brown trout on DePuy Spring Creek a week ago.  It was longer than two of my size 12 wading boots, and would have been the fish of a lifetime for most any fly fisher.  I concluded that the likelihood of landing such a fish on a three weight, small fly and light tippet was virtually zero.  At least I got my hands on a big one, even if it was dead!

I encounter a few such big browns each fall.  They're covered with a white fuzzy fungal growth known as Saprolegnia, which attacks fish that are stressed and weakened.  Spawning takes a toll as fish jostle on redds, chasing and biting each other, removing protective mucus and thus opening the door for the fungus to take hold.  


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    1. Bob: It was still there today, albeit a bit less photogenic.

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  2. In addition to enriching the watery compost, these ghostly carcasses help to keep the dream alive!

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    1. True on both counts Walt. I had another splotchy fish, nearly as big, swim by an hour or so later. I hope that it survives to make another spawning run next year. In the meantime, its good to know that there are a few big ones left.

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  3. That is (was?) a big fish, for sure..Les I hope you and yours have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thank you Mike, Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. Yes it was a big one. Hopefully we'll all get a chance to hook one as big at least once in our lifetime.

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