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Caught my first Brown Trout on Kings River
10-17-2006, 11:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Caught my first Brown Trout on Kings River

Went out last Monday and caught 1 1/2 fish out of the Kings River. The whole fish I caught was my first Brown Trout ever. It was only six inches. I caught it with a Elk Haired Caddis Fly.... The 1/2 fish was Rainbow Trout at least 12 inches long. I didn't set the hook. Didn't even know he was on. I was fishing with a three ounce weight and nightcrawlers. When I reeled in the line I noticed I had a fish on. When I relized that it was a fish I figured it was hooked good so I continued to reel my line in. About 6 feet away from shore I noticed the fish was staying in one spot and my line was still coming in.... Damn thing got off...Thats why I call it a half.....Dan
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10-17-2006, 11:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Congrats on your first brown
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10-18-2006, 12:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I was fishing with a three ounce weight
why so much weight?
I dont even use that much on the ocean...
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10-18-2006, 12:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Really strong current. Was trying to keep the bait out where the fish were jumping.....
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10-18-2006, 12:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
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3 oz is nothing...Been places where I need to use up to 6 ozs...
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In a river your bait should move naturally along with the current, any food that may get washed into the water will be moving downstream not staying in place.
Next time you go use lighter line and a lighter weight (like a small splitshot), cast upstream and let the current carry your bait down through the area where the fish are feeding. If the current keeps your bait on the surface you may want to add a "little" extra to keep it down but you dont want it to stop.
When I fish creeks and rivers I use 4lb line and a very small weight a foot or two above the hook, I place my worms or salmon eggs on the hook and throw it above the hole where the fish are. The current will bring it through and once its drifted past the spot reel it in and repeat until a fish grabs it, I think that you will find you catch a lot more fish.
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10-18-2006, 12:27 AM   #7 (permalink)
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believe me....I tried that......
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10-18-2006, 05:44 AM   #8 (permalink)
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believe me....I tried that......
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...ummm...I've seen Fishslayer catch alot of fish, in fresh and salt (but not on a boat). He likes light line and he makes it work for him. I am a light line advocate also. Most of the fish that we catch in creeks with spinning reels are caught on 2# line, and I've landed 20# salmon on 8# line...yes you do break off occasionally, but you get hooked up alot more. Just keep your drag light, and post pics


PS: Fishslayer: I found some of those "special" weights that you like at Rick's in Mammoth, $0.99. Not quite as cheap as you get them...I used them to turn my floating line into a sink tip and it worked great That's what I caught those huge brooktrout on...with a pink fly...the fish had black fins with very sharply defined white leading edges.
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congrats on your brown, i love them!
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10-18-2006, 07:25 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Congrats on the trout.
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10-18-2006, 08:59 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Great job djdoomz! I have never caught a brown trout.

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Great job djdoomz! I have never caught a brown trout.

I'll resist the temptation to joke around with a brown trout comment.

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why resist? are'nt we all men?
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Sure we are...but it would be too easy.

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10-18-2006, 11:03 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Good goin Dan. Pictures??
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10-19-2006, 12:17 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Fishslayer: I found some of those "special" weights that you like at Rick's in Mammoth, $0.99. Not quite as cheap as you get them...I used them to turn my floating line into a sink tip and it worked great That's what I caught those huge brooktrout on...with a pink fly...the fish had black fins with very sharply defined white leading edges.
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