Posts Tagged ‘trophy trout’

We started off real good in the last week of October… but…… November and December have been real slow and tough for big Browns.  The Lakes are as low as I have seen them in 7 years. Some lakes are as low as they have ever been. My old spots are high and dry 40 feet from the waters edge and now I can’t seem to find where the big fish are living.  So far this fall-We have found a old sunken boat, 3 rods, 2 anchors and dozens of lures . We have pulled yards and yards of old line and leadcore outa the trees. AND I even sucked a few yards of leadcore and a set of flashers up into the props. I am not quite sure why we are not catching as many fish as we used to…. seems like the weather and water temps are perfect.. oh well maybe I will get lucky and get a good one before this year 2012 is over.

Here are the better fish we did manage:

Brandon with a 24 inch 8 lbs.


Ryan with a 27 inch 8lbs

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Matt with a 24 inch

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Matt with a 25 inch Tiger trout- ( this is the 7th Tiger Trout we have caught from this lake and nobody else knows they are in there)


Fishnut with a 27 incher

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And a few more from casting @ Tigerville

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My Dad with a 22 in brown



Winter Fishing 2012

Posted: January 31, 2012 in Uncategorized
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January 2nd-
I met up with Joe at 10 am. Another calm, clear day awaited. Water temps were 36-40 and air temps were 45-50 degrees. Fishing was slow for hours until Joe got hammered and snagged into the bottom after a short battle with a big fish.  I got the skunk of with a Bow and and then a small Brown. The fish wouldn’t bite again till 4:30 pm . I got another 20 inch Brown, Joe also caught a small brown and lost another right next to the boat.

Jan 7th
Hit it with Brandon and joe.. Fishing was slow water temps are cold 36-37 degrees. Weather is still too nice, even thought it was kind of stormy in the morning a wind whipped up and blew out the clouds. We caught 4 Browns and  bow between 3 of us from 10am t0 6pm -biggest fish was joe’s 22 incher

Jan 14th
Blues skies but the fishing turned out being pretty good. Brandon and I caught 8 browns and a lil bowski. Fish were a little deeper and wanted shinny looking silver bellies. The  biggest fish was  4-5 lbs and fooled me into thinking he was much, much bigger. Its always funny and exciting to get you heart pumping and imagining all different type of scenarios that could play out.

Jan 15th
A storm had blown in dumped a little snow and was still BLOWING I fished solo for 3.5 hr for 1 lil Brown.

Jan 20th
I got a call from a guy I met on  the lake, who has been fishing my lake a bunch. So I figured we better meet and go trolling . Its always nice to show up and hop right in a boat  without dealing with hauling it and launching. Chris aka “ Fishnut” and I have a lot in common, plus he has a sweet boat and  a good attitude. The conditions were good but it was almost too calm.  I caught a nice 25.5 inch hookjaw with a blue cheek .

The next fish hit hard and was acting a lot more powerful than the 25.5 inch. After a short battle and some dancing around the bow of the boat, the Brown came up from the depths. Straight up and as chris and I looked down we both got exited at the sight of a trophy fish . Every foot it got closer, it lost a pound in weight. It went from 10 pounds to 5 pounds fast!! .It was a nice chunky hen that fooled me into thinking she was twice her size. It was a fun adrenaline rush as Chris and I practiced our moves for the next big one. We trolled till dark but got no more bites.

Jan 21st
There was a storm blowing in . There was no snow but lots of wind and clouds when we launched at 9am. By 9:05 it was snowing hard and the wind was ripping  15 mph. We fished a few calmer coves and each caught a little 17 inch browns. I caught a 20 inch Cutthroat  and then we started to head back because the snow was really accumulating. On the way back I hooked into  a nice 23 inch Brown to wrap up the day.

Brandon and I were covered in snow. It snowed 6 inches in 4 hours.

Jan 22nd
The storm was gone and blue skies were back. I tried a different lake hopping for a big hookjaw. I had to break a little ice from the ramp before launching. From 9-10 am I caught 4 browns. The biggest was a chunky 21 incher.  I also shook off 4 lil Bows. I marked some fish deeper but nothing wanted to eat. I left at 1pm.

Jan 27th
I fished real quick with Nielsen from 12-3 pm. I caught a 23 inch brown and we caught a few Bows, Skies were blue water temp is 33- 35 degrees.

Jan 28th
Launched my boat in the dark alone and started to motor out on the lake. There was some thin ice I broke at the boat ramp but as I headed out on the lake the ice was getting  thicker and thicker. Once there was some light I could see I was breaking ice on a lake that was 100 percent iced over.

No much room to troll so I turned around and left for my other lake.
At 8 am I launched alone and trolled my way thru the skim ice. Half of this lake was freshly frozen too and my trolling spots were limited. I caught one small Bow before calling it at noon.

Fall fishing Part 3

Posted: January 30, 2012 in Uncategorized
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December 17th
A few of our lakes froze up on Tuesday and we were planning to hit them one last time,  so we changed plans and went for plan D.
A lake we know has had huge Browns in the past..but the problem is is every time we try there its slow.. or we catch lots of small fish.!! We gave it another shot mainly cause the weather was crap. High Pressure blue skies no wind. I know the fishing on my home lake would be tough so why not switch it up?/ eeehh same old same old.. One small Brown and one Bow is all Brandon and I caught in 6 hours.

December  18th
back to our lake but it was slow.. we only got 2 bites. One each-a 4.5 pound Brown and a nice 20 inch Cut.

December 21st
A storm was in the forecast so I made sure to be out on the lake at 9 am. It has been more than a week since we has a cloudy day. The Browns usually love to eat on cloudy days .  Well it was cloudy and windy. cold as hell..but then it would get sunny then cloudy.. damn they weren’t biting…until 10:45 when I got slammed and broke off by a good feeling fish- right after that I got 2 nice 20-21 inch Browns. Brandon joined me at 12:45 but at 5 pm we were done and nothing else happened. I think the unstable/ inconsistent weather was a factor.

December 23rd.
I saw the lake begin to Ice up so .. I went out for a few hours after work. By the time I got back with my boat the ice had melted off because the weather was sunny and clear.  Eventually a wind came out of the north and the fishing was slow till the late afternoon I caught a 20 inch Brown and lost 2 others. I was getting small bumps now and then.

December 24th-
It was a New Moon Brandon and I trolled the lake from 9-3. It was blues skies high pressure hardly and wind . Brandon caught 3 Browns and a Cutty. I managed 2 Browns- One of them was really colorful and orange. Plus all the Browns we caught today were skinny. Perhaps the New Moon signals the end to their Spawn and the start of eating again before winter really sets in.

December 29th-
With a lame storm finally hitting us, I thought Thursday would be good to fish in the afternoon. I met Brandon at the ramp at 12:45 and we trolled till 6. That storm blew out as soon as we launched and for the rest of the day we had mostly blue skies- I missed 3 hits and we each landed a Brown 20 and 22 inches.

December 31st-
I was the first boat on and off the Lake in 2011- That’s 5 years now I have been able to accomplish that. It pays off too.  Water temps are 37-40 degrees, it was another beautiful” Fall October day”. uugghh no snow or clouds anywhere in the was now officially the driest December on record . Brandon and Nielsen were fishing while I drove them around the lake  After slow success we switched things up and Brandon hooked a good fish- it was a good fight that stayed deep – @ 27 inches 6 pounds it was his longest  Brown Trout out my lake! and  his biggest of 2011. Nielsen was up next and hooked another quality Brown 24 inches and thick. The Afternoon slowed down as any clouds we had blew out, after 2 more small Browns we headed home to Celebrate the New Year!

Fall Fishing 2011 part 2

Posted: January 30, 2012 in Uncategorized
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November 25th-

The plan was to start fishing at 8am with my fishing partner, Brandon, but after tossing and turning, I got up and fished solo a few hours earlier.  I launched the boat and made a few unsuccessful passes while remembering the words of legendary angler Ray Johnson, author of Big Trout, one of my favorite books. “The first important thing to know before trying to catch trophy-sized brown trout is that THEY ARE NOCTURNAL; and if you want to catch very many of them, you will HAVE TO IN THE DARK”.  After years of experience, I know brown trout don’t always bite early at this particular lake but I began to doubt myself and wished at this point I had been out a few hours before sunrise.

8:05 am and as Brandon walked down the boat ramp, he called his shot like Babe Ruth. “One of us is catching a 12 pound brown today”, he chuckled as he threw his fishing gear in my boat. “12 pounds?” I replied. “No, I want one 13 pounds ha-ha”.  Actually, I was just hoping to get a few browns to bite. It had been almost a week since the last good bite and I was starting to worry why the best month of the year was so slow? We started off trolling the lake and catching a few smaller rainbows, cutthroats and browns. At 11am our friend Joe joined us. It was slightly overcast with dead calm winds. Joe caught two quick rainbows and then the bite shut off completely. At noon the wind slowly started to blow from the North, by 2 o’clock it was now officially windy.

No bites for several hours. Brandon and Joe were switching up their lures while I kept on my same hand-painted lure. I had a gut feeling it would attract the big brown I was hoping for. Just before we called it quits I relocated the boat and trolled down the windiest side of the lake. Then as my lure crossed the 1st point it stopped hard and ripped a few times powerfully back towards the bank. I leaned away from the fish and grunted at its power. The wind was blowing us back towards a snag-littered shoreline.  My heart sank when I looked back and saw my line heading straight between two partially submerged trees. The boat needed to be turned out into deeper water fast. Brandon frantically cleared his line and steered us away from the shore.  The feeling of this powerful surging fish got me thinking back on the last 6 years I have spent persistently fishing for trophy brown trout.

A wise old fisherman once told me, “To catch big brown trout, persistence is key.” He also said, “If you catch one DON’T TELL ANYBODY.” Actually that wise old man was my Dad and several Brown Bagger members. The Brown Baggers is a fishing club founded in 1974 by legendary angler, lure designer, and record holder, Allan Cole. Members are dedicated to catching trophy browns.

Salmo Trutta, also known as brown trout are known to be the smartest and weariest of the trout species, especially when they inhabit big deep bodies of water such as lakes and reservoirs.  Catching a double-digit fish is either a great accomplishment or just dumb luck. But through the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s Allan Cole along with other club members Richard Reinwald, Jim Bringhurst, John Hofferd and Ron Carey reeled in some of the biggest brown trout ever caught in the Western United States. Since 1974 The Brown Baggers have caught over 485 browns over 10 pounds, including numerous State and World Records.

I joined the Club in 2009 by catching my two browns both over 10 pounds and each from the west coast. It was a goal I set for myself back in 2006. The goal was to get into the Club before I turned 30 in 2011 and it was not an easy task. I fished my butt off to accomplish it.  But it was after catching those two fish, that I really started learning a lot. I was now officially “in the club” and connected to some of the best brown trout fisherman from the past four decades. A wealth of information and locations were thrown in my lap and I was like a sponge soaking up every detail.

One of the things I learned is gearing up with the right equipment is vital. A reliable engine that starts and continues to run in the coldest temperatures and a solid boat that allows me to fish in wind-chopped waters is crucial because that’s when the big fish bite. In addition, I use a stiff, sensitive, 7-foot rod. With this, I can feel how well my lure is running and the smallest taps or bites. Also, my reel is a fast 6:3:1 gear ratio that holds a significant amount of line. I fish a lot in freezing temperatures so if my reel seizes up from the cold my day is ruined.  Most importantly, I enjoy having a good fishing partner slash “Net Man” out on the lake with me. Spending time on the water with good company makes those long, slow days of fishing possible.

In addition to having the proper gear, I also learned to keep a very close watch on weather, air temps, water temps, cloud accumulation, other anglers’ techniques, seasonal bites and ice conditions. Once all these conditions are perfect I’m on the lake, fishing smart and fishing hard. Knowing the right locations and right times of year to fish is another advantage. Here’s some advice that I now live by.  Find a lake with BIG browns CLOSE to your home because you will be spending many days, weeks and sometimes years chasing a trophy. The closer you are equals more time on the water.

Local knowledge is also very important. I regularly talk with my local biologist, fish hatcheries and Game wardens and check for updates on fishing reports through state websites and various fishing forums. I also exchange phone number with guys I see out on the lake targeting browns and call them on days I can’t fish so they can be my eyes and ears on the water. I feel gathering as much info as possible about a lake is crucial. For starters, since my target is trophy browns I don’t fish lakes that don’t have the potential for big browns. Also, water temperatures, weather patterns, lure size, lure colors, water depths are all variables I constantly evaluate in my head year after year. I’ve asked questions about these variables to experienced brown trout fisherman like: Mike Nielsen, Allan Cole and Brad Stout and after great advice, suggestions and motivation, I gained confidence in a few specific trolling techniques, lures and lakes.

With this knowledge, I decided to target a lake within ten miles of my house in Utah. It was known for its trophy brown trout, some weighing over 20 pounds. After fishing that body of water for 6 years plus, I started noticing: patterns, trends and seasons that were by far better than others.  So now when I fish there I fish smart and I fish at the right times, but I always remember that old voice in my head saying,  “Persistence is key”, so I fish A LOT. Some days I will be driving in one direction doing something completely different then after noticing the conditions are perfect, I change plans, grab the boat and go. Other days I go stir crazy, sitting at work checking fishing reports and web cameras, over and over 5 to 6 times a day. Knowing that the big browns are biting and I am missing it is PAINFUL. I spend so much time focused on brown fishing that my wife, family and co-workers think it’s an obsession. When the conditions feel right or when I am fishing a new lake that I know holds monsters it makes me physically sick. I’ll get so nervous and anxious, my bowels start churning uncontrollably. So, maybe it is an obsession? It’s definitely more than a hobby but honestly, it feels like I hardly get to fish enough.

For more than a half-century, since Browns were transplanted into America from European waters, they have stirred up and created more drama than any other freshwater species. On the west coast each year boat ramps and Internet fishing forums turn into Soap Operas. People will lie, cheat and fight for a chance at a trophy brown and I’ll admit it, I am a true brown trout junkie. Nothing gets me more anxious, excited and nervous then browns do. So that day on the lake with my fishing buddy, Brandon and friend Joe with a potential big brown on my line, my heart pumped faster than ever as I battled the heavy mystery fish.

As Brandon steered the boat trying to avoid the snag-covered bank, suddenly, my line got heavy and the fish stopped fighting. Despite Brandon’s efforts, I was snagged between the two submerged trees. I’ve been in this situation before and I’ve always lost or broke the fish off but I wasn’t going to let that happen this time. We switched angles and drove back towards the bank. As the boat came around I felt something popped. I thought my 10# test line had snapped but as I reeled fast to get the slack out, I felt the awesome power of the fish again.  It was making a big run into deeper water and I could feel the force of a few big head shakes. With my line darting hard left then right it was now apparent I was hooked into a big fish. It gave me some slack and as I reeled it towards the boat I could feel that it was very heavy.  At that point, I thought I was in the homestretch but then I saw the fish aggressively change directions. It was charging back towards the submerged trees again. I hollered at Brandon to gun it out into even deeper water. As I held my breath, I daringly placed my thumb on the reel to pull the fish away from the shoreline. If it stuck me in those trees again it would likely break my line.  I had already gotten lucky once and knew I wasn’t going to have a second chance at it.  Our daring maneuver got us into the clear and I was able to settle into the fight.

Three minutes into the fight, layers of clothing I had on to keep me warm in freezing temps are now smothering me as my body is dripping with sweat. My heart is beating so hard that Brandon says he can see it about to explode out of my chest. After another minute of fighting this mystery fish, we all got quiet, hearing only the sounds of the engine chugging and the water lapping up against the boat.  We waited for the color spot to appear out of the dark green water and then as I reeled, inch-by-inch I got the first glimpse of a golden circle. “That thing is 15 pounds”, I thought to myself as I gasped and gulped for another breath of air.  I went from 3 to a 9.99 on the nervous meter. It was looking like Brandon’s prediction of a 12-pound brown today was about to come true.


I nervously looked over at my long-time fishing partner Brandon and he looked back at me as he calmly waited with the net in hand. I reeled in the last 20 feet of my leader. Then the fish circled around the boat and then suddenly floated to the surface off the bow. Joe was filming from the bow with his phone and asked, “You want to give me that net?” Just then, the female brown exposed her massive belly for us all to see.  I shouted out “Give him the net, give him the net, give him the net”, so Brandon reluctantly gave up the net. Joe slowly scooped up the fish and we finally saw how big it really was. Screams of joy, fear, disbelief, and utter exhaustion exploded from the boat and I’m pretty sure I did some sort of touchdown dance. Joe laid it in the boat and the first thing I noticed was that it was just as big as the 6-gallon bucket it was lying next to. It was well over 12 pounds. At 32.5 inches long and maxing out my 20 lbs scale, I knew it was a true FISH of a LIFETIME!

After a few quick calls, we loaded up my boat and drove to the supermarket to get the official weight, 21.5 pounds. This big brown was definitely going on my wall. I am a firm believer in catch and release and this is the first fish I’ve kept in the last 6 years. This trophy brown is something I have heard stories about and seen pictures of but never did I think that would catch one. I knew there were 20-pound browns in that lake but I had only dreamed that one-day a 21.5-pound would eat my lure I hand-painted myself.

Believe me, I would love to give more details on exactly how and where I caught it, but I was sworn to secrecy on a few details. One friend told me not to mention the lake, another said to keep the lure and color quite, and another said not to tell how fast I was trolling or how deep of water I was in. It is funny how secretive brown trout fishermen are and quite frankly I’ve already said too much.

Equipment used:

~ Hand Painted Rapala

~ Abu Garcia Reel- C4 6601

~ G-Loomis Rod- IMX 7 ‘ Med-Heavy Fast Action

– Sufix 832 Braided Line in Lo-Vis Green- 20#

~ P-Line Floroclear- 10# leader

~ Pro-Cure Scent- Rainbow Trophy Trout Super Gel

~ Mercury Engine – 40 hp


November 26th-
We are addicted to this Brown Trout thing.. after catching the fish of a lifetime we are right back on the lake trying to get another.. All the clouds had blown out and High pressure and blue skies set in. The bite was slow . A few Bows and a 21 inch Brown were all we could troll up. But we had fun thinking back on that absolute Monster I caught the day before.. Man O man .. I still can’t believe it.

November 27th-
Its Brandon’s turn now. I asked and he said he was feeling his luck was going strike at HIS favorite lake, so we switched things up and left my lake behind. As we were getting our lines out I got a good bite in the rod holder that didn’t stick. I lost another fish real quick and Brandon got slammed and lost it.. 3 for 0 and the bite turned off.. We worked the lake over a few times and after a quick call from Nielsen who said we were crazy to not be out on my lake wrangling  trophy sized Trout again.! So at 2:30 we switched lakes.. I hope Brandon’s luck will soon reward him no matter which lake we decide to fish.
Trolling by 3:15 we ran straight to my point, but for the first passes our slow bite continued. We stayed persistent and trolled what we know will work for a big one and now our tactics are proven. After years or research and fishing the actual lake, I’ve learned, what I fell is, the best way to troll for these Trophy Trout — Thanks to guys like: My Dad, Mike Nielsen, Allan Cole, Jim Bringhurst, Brad Stout, Brandon Eyre, Mark Knoch and Ryan Stott- I’ve been able to learned how to effectively fish for big Brown Trout.
At 4:21 I got bit and got the skunk off the boat!! A thick, chubby, 21 inch Brown trout never looked so I thanked him and released it to gain 20 pounds in the next 6 year, so I can catch him again. We each caught a few bows before dark and on our last pass I got broke off by a fish that splashed but we never saw it. Maybe it was something big… or… small… or…. the same size as most fish we usually catch…and that’s what I love !!!  You just never know!!  …….uhhhgg.. I bet it was big… yep, son of a……

November 28th
Headed back up to Tigervlle to try to get my 10 pound Tiger Trout. I know may luck was hot so I figured I better try one last time before it freezes. Jimbo came along and did some serious damage with his fly rod. Fishing was slow at first but then we both figured out what the wanted- Jimbo put on  a clinic once he found the secrete bug. I was scrambling to tie one on- but he got 4 more Tigers before I could finish tying.  I never saw the big one today but we each caught several chunky, colorful Tigers. My last Tiger was all lit up with a red belly!!  I will be trying to get on this lake when the ice melts-  That it the best time for a Giant.

December 3rd
It was supposed to be a cloudy, snowy day but the weather man was wrong once AGAIN. ! Brandon and I trolled all day for 3 Browns and 3 Bows, biggest was 21 inches- Wish the low pressure would have stayed around. It sure makes fishing tuff when there is blue skies and a north wind.

December 4th
The weather looked perfect and after a nice relaxing morning with Nicole- she let me rally my stuff and try to salvage the weekends fishing. I met Brandon at noon and in the first 2 hours we did well with 4 Browns and a few Bows. Biggest was 22 in- but it felt really good for a Big Brown to bite. Conditions were ideal, low clouds, slight wind, and gray lighting. when all the sudden the clouds lifted and the wind kicked out of the north blowing the storm away and all our bites too- it was dead slow the rest of the day- I just hope we get some more good fishing days on the weekends so I can get Brandon his Big Brown.

December 10
I only fished 3 hours during the middle of the day  and didn’t catch anything- it was clear skies high pressure and a full moon. a friend, Fishnut stayed ALL day for 3 small browns and a few Bows.

December 11th.
I met Nielsen at 11 am and we fished till 5 . He schooled me 12 Browns to 1. When he jumped in the boat he painted his lure really quick..a secret B.T. special !!! it worked great he caught a few nice one up to 5 lbs. One of em spit out a 5 inch rainbow in the net!! and when we looked closer we saw a 7 inch Bow inside it’s throat . We saw 2 other Brown Baggers on the lake . Allan Cole came back into town and Mike Arhets,  were both out looking for their next big bite! . Each of em caught a nice brown at 6-7 lbs. there was 4 Brown Baggers on the lake at the same time!! and nobody else !! Perfect.

Fall Fishing 2011

Posted: January 30, 2012 in Uncategorized
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November 19th
Met Brandon at 8am there was 2 inches of fresh snow to launch the boat in. Allan Cole was there all day too . It started off slow but my second fish of the day was a nice 25 inch hookjaw.

I got 2 fat 4 pound 21 inch cuttys – they fight much better in this lake than the Strawberry Cutts do..

Brandon caught a hair-lipped brownie. ewww. poor guy.

AT 1 pm Mike Neilsen jumped in the boat and we continued to pick off small Browns and Bows till about 4 when the bite shut off.

November 20th-
Fished all morning solo and missed 4 quick bites that never stuck. weather was slightly snowing and calm. I left after 4 hours and met Brandon at another lake to see if they were biting there.. we trolled 4 more hours for 9 Rainbows but no
Browns were biting today. I saw a guy at the gas station who said his friend had caught a 11 pound Brown on  a Jig out of a tiny tributary.. I may have to go look into that just to see for myself  if it’s true!

November 21st-
went solo all day.. it was 7:45 at launch and 4 o clock when I left the lake . it snowed for a few hours in the morning and the became cloudy with hardly any wind. I caught 3 Bows A 4 pound Cutty that gave me a good fight! and then at 3 I finally caught a brown- 24 inch chuncker!

November 22nd
Went to my other smaller lake and Caught 2, 19 and 20 inch browns. I missed a bite on the extra rod in the holder. oh well- left cause the fished looked skinny and spawned out – One Brown still had dirt on it side, stuck in it’s slime coat. Plus I was getting grass on several passes making trolling difficult- I made my way back home and stopped off at my lake for 2 more 18-20 inch browns and a Bow. These Brown were much fatter!

November 23rd-
We went all the way to Tigerville to chase some Fall colored Tiger Trout. It was a day of fishing, catching, observing and learning new things on how I am gonna get my 10 pound tiger out of there!! I saw it .. it came outa nowhere at the last  second and swiped twice at my offering ….both times I saw the fish from  different angles and could tell it was a BIG one. I finally caught a beauty, not nearly as big but..all colored up in her fall dressings.

After a fat Cut and some slow action Dejohn and I started to catch  a few more Tigers each… and then we watched some locals drive up and tear it up fast.. we took notes on their style and will be back soon to get ours!

November 24th-
Had a Great  Thanksgiving with my Wife Nicole and her parents, Gary and Claire . We took the dogs down by the river and fished our favorite little section  while the dogs got their sniffers out ..We had a delicious Feast and a little R&R.

I ‘ve been wanting to tow my boat to Oregon for years now!!  Finally our plan came together as my Dad, Uncle Steve and I, all met up at my Grandparents house in Sisters Oregon.  The plan was to fish hard for Brown Trout for 6 straight Days.  I knew the fishing would be slow but I had a chance at a Big Brown  so I was up for it..696 miles later… I was in a campsite at East Lake,  all alone setting up my rods for the morning troll.

I fished all morning for 3 fish, Biggest was a 21 inch Brown.

The next day my Grampa and I fished a little lake. Boy o’ boy was there a lot of fish on my finder. My Grampa thought it was broken it was showing sooo many fish  so I turned it off and then on again just to make sure. It was loaded with fish everywhere around the lake. I only caught a 16 inch Brown and missed another bite that felt pretty good.

My Uncle Steve flew in , so the next day we went back to East lake. One the 1st pass I caught a 17 inch hookjawd’ Brown , but for the next 5 hours we couldn’t get another bite:(

When My dad got there we all decided to head to a new lake that none of us had ever been to. It was a cold November morning…even though it was August 31st. !! My tropical Uncle stayed in the car sleeping with the heater on !! We made a few trolling passes,  I was letting my Grampa drive the boat and on the way back to get Steve, I hooked up with a big ol’ Brown..  It made a few good runs before my Dad scooped it up in the net. It was a 25 inch 6 pound Brown Trout. !! It felt good catching it on my hand painted lure too!

After I released it, I looked at my Granpa and said” I told you they would eat that big lure”…he had lost faith in my techniques over the past few days. !!  After that My Uncle Steve caught a big 3 pound Kokanee, It slammed a deep diving 5 inch lure  ??

The next day my Dad and I went back for 6 hours but couldn’t get a bite ! aarrgghh .. So The following day I went back to that secret little lake my Grampa and I had marked all the fish at a few days pror… to see if I could get lucky!!     NOPE.. same story .. marked lots of fish, felt good about it…but nothing!! That afternoon My Dad and I went out to the Metolious River to catch  a few.. On my first cast… I thought I was dreaming,  as a school of  big Rainbows fought over my fly…

and I was dreaming 😦 I was a Wizard falls fish hatchery, a place we visit every time we are in Oregon. We watched the big Bows swim around the pond eating everything in sight.

We set out hoping to catch one half that size in the river below..I managed 2 Whitefish and lost 2 other fish in an hour. It was a beautiful spot. My Dad snapped a Great shot of me in Paradise !

It was nice to see my Grampa, Grammy, Uncle and Dad- I can’t wait to do it again someday. Oregon is a beautiful State.

Days like this… is why I am,who I am. I love fishing and being in the outdoors because of these guys and it felt good to be out with them again!!

After the long drive back to Utah I met my wife at one of our Secret little lakes .. I know we had a small chance to catch  a BIG fish.. It was so nice to see Nicole at the lake after 650 miles of driving. She brought our good luck charm, Molly Dawg. But we only caught 4 small Browns, Biggest was 17 inches. What a trip !

Summer time is for fly fishing !! Screw the lakes and all the Yahoos out there racing around in their Speed boats, wakeboarding while Blaring Katie Perry songs… I’d rather hike a river into the woods and be the only one around. There has been some big fish caught in the rivers this month and I have tried hard to get one myself too. But I think I missed my shot at it. After my buddy Chris caught the biggest brown of his  life I started pounding the river to get one that size –

I have seen  lots of biggies and hooked em too. I have lost 5 Big Browns in the last 3 weeks and when i say big I mean over 23 inches. I saw all of them that I lost which sucks .. all 5 were from 23-26 inches and FAT. I took my Nicole up there to try her hand at it…and after 4 Whitefish in a row she hooked something BIG.. I came over to help net it.. i watched as she tangled with a big 24-25 incher . when I tried to get it in the net…it just simply wouldn’t fit. this Brown had some serious weight to it and weighted 6 pounds easily. after my second failed attempt to fit this thing in the net- it went downstream into the fast current and Nicole tried her best to follow but it snapped her off leaving us out of breath and beaten on the river bank.  I felt bad I couldn’t get it in the net for her…but thats how it goes with the big ones- in hindsight we should have tried it out for a few more minutes and tried to beach it in the shallows instead of trying with a small net. SORRY Nicole..  Now that the river flows are coming down most of these Big lake Browns will turn around and head back to the deep cold lake. – I will have to wait till November now.. till they come back up river to spawn.  Fishing has been great for smaller Cutties, Bows and Browns and if you like whitefish …well this is the place to be- almost every good drift can bring you a whitey in the 17- 22 inch range- White fish can pull hard I love catching them even if they are not what I’m targeting.

There has been lots of rain this summer – we still have tons of water flowing and the scenery has been picturesque..

We have also fished a few little secret creeks in the Utah back country and the dry dropper fishing for small trout is fantastic and always super FUN!!!

Well,  I have not been blogging… but…I’m still fishing !!  Although I can’t tell you where in “Idaho” I was …. We had been catching lots of nice Trout but finally the warm water temps has turned off the bite, so we must find a new place to have our fun ! Here are a few cool pics from our latest fishing trips, nothing to big but all these fish are healthy and fight great……… not to mention they are the coolest looking Hybrid trout around- got to love them tigers oh yea and the Cutties are Beauties too.


We have gone Brown fishing here and there too—but it as been pretty slow for the Brownies this last month, My Bro-in-law Darren got his personal best- a 22 incher and Brandon finally hooked one over 20 inches, it was a cool big spotted Brown with a RED adipose fin, really cool looking fish.- he has had a tuff spring catching Browns- but he is due for double digit soon .

I love fishing, weather it’s by myself, with the wife, dog, or with an old friend. You can’t beat being out on a lake enjoying the fresh mountain air and beautiful views.  Finally, after a few years of saying he wanted to come out and fish with me, my good friend Jason ” Lurch” made the trip out from Cali. I’ve known Lurch since the 6th Grade  and growing up together we both shared a passion for snowboarding, fishing and being outdoors. He has been on a bit of a slow streak lately with fishing and was really needing to catch a few nice ones.

He timed his trip right and we fished the last few days of April looking for some Big Browns. After I picked him up from the airport we hauled up to the river to get his skunk off.  It didn’t take long for him to nymph up a Cutty, Brown and Whitefish. He hadn’t caught too many fish on the flyrod so his day was made!!!

The next day was spent in the boat trolling big lures for shallow water Trout.  Not too long after J’s rod started peeling line and he was hooked up on  the big fish he traveled he for. It was not a huge Brown but it put up  a fight and was bigger than anything he had caught in years.  A 22 ” Hookjaw.

After that fish it was all gravy… so we just kept trolling around the lake while reminiscing the good old times and filling each other in on whats new. That’s the good thing about fishing with friends, and I could do it ALL day. We had fun and we each caught a few more nice fish too..

The next day we hit a different lake. I had not been out there yet this year but I hear the fish are always Starving.  Well the rainbows were hungry. We caught 8 nice fat Bows..Lurch got a nice 3 pounder.. The Browns were just not biting but at the end of the day I got slammed by what I thought was a BIG fish- but after a great fight I was surprised to see just a 20 inch Brown-

With a storm rolling in we left that lake and headed back home. On the way we stopped at my home lake to see if we could  get a evening bite during the snow storm.  The bite was not on ….but… Jay finally got a nice chunky 4 pound Brown.

On our last day of fishing we headed out early but Jason didn’t hook up till the sun popped over the hill. It was a nice 22 inch Brown.  With the clock ticking down till his flight that afternoon we kept trolling and hoping a big fish would come play. We got some bite and some fish but nothing over 22 inches for Lurch. He had that look on his face like he was satisfied to catch  a bunch of fish but now he was even more hooked and wanted MORE and BIGGER fish ..!!! hahahaha that’s the story of my life.  He looked at me and said ” dude we have caught 25 fish in the last 3 days..that more than I have caught in the last 5 years!! ”  Our time was up and those 3 days just flew by..I can’t wait to do it again J..come back anytime or maybe I will have to head out to Cali and show you how it’s done out there.. lol

Well after our Milwaukee trip I have settled down just a bit on fishing but with weeks flying by at work, It is now all I can think about… again.!! The Fishing I have done this month has been decent I bet it would be GOOD.. but I haven’t spent enough time out on the water to get a big one.  Water levels are really low right now and in a week or two they will be extremely high. Our annual snow pack is at 178% .  I have trolled only 3 days and river fished one -Here are  the fish that we have caught.. solid fish but nothing over 5.5 lbs.

I went to Alaska to Film “Wanna’ Go Fishing?”  the Steel Head were not on the bite but Matt Eastman still managed to landed a nice fat one-and several other smaller ones- We made a great show!!

My friend Joe got his biggest Brown yet- and there are rumors of some big fish being caught so I hope the rest of the month will kick out some nice ones. my long time friend Jason ” Lurch” is heading in to town to fish with me- so we will be out pounding it- for 4 days–stay tuned!!

Nicole had a good night on the River- hooked 6 landed 3 – & I got one as well –  Love the red spots!!