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Re: 30" Browns

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With ya NS...For the law several years in a row I've caught a Fallfish that would have certainly made it. Trout not so much. I am a better Chub angler than Trout angler.

Did anyone else see the 23" 12+ pound Bow? Typo?


Posted on: 7/19 8:16


Re: 30" Browns

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All fish are released to be caught again and again

Posted on: 7/19 10:31


Re: 30" Browns

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Swattie ...
That would be quite the pellet pig, the size of two very healthy fish.

Posted on: 7/19 11:00


Re: 30" Browns

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I love this post, me and my buddy have been hunting for these elusive gaints every weekend for over a year now, both of these fish pictured are in the 26.5 range, just goes to show how big a 30 incher really is.

Posted on: 7/21 20:59


Re: 30" Browns

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K2 and klingy,

Here is a fish that would now be at least 30". It is still out there!

This was the contest winner back in 2011, which was and still is my largest trout at 28.5" and around 9-lbs. Caught on a small plug.

In the past, I would try to print black and white images to size of fish.

The certificate / trophy with tape / money for scale.

Yes it was catch and release...tough to get a quick selfie holding a big fish at arms length.


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Re: 30" Browns

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Big fish. Tell me where to go and I'll tell you if he's over 30" now. ;)

Is that your bowling trophy in the pic? LMAO

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Re: 30" Browns

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K2, she is migratory and she is money.

First place gets a trophy and a certificate. Second place get just a smaller trophy.

I'm going to try for 3 catergory wins...to fill up the work cubical trophy case. Trophy Wall photo from years ago...

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Re: 30" Browns

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That looks like a shrine that Benson and Stabler would stumble upon during the investigation for the serial catching of 25" brown.

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Re: 30" Browns

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Here is the closest I've ever came. This PA brown is river run and well on his way to the 30" mark. It's only a matter of time before someone gets one 30" out of this body of water.

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Posted on: 7/27 12:57


Re: 30" Browns

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I fished Valley Creek earlier this week and caught two 8-9" wild browns. There were a couple cruisers in a slow section well over 20 and one that was easily in the mid 20s. I know I didn't spook one and drifted some caddis by him to no avail. Wondering whether they might be catchable if I were to go back at night and throw a mouse? What do you guys think? I really want a big brownie.

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Re: 30" Browns

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Quote:

Longbow wrote:
I fished Valley Creek earlier this week and caught two 8-9" wild browns. There were a couple cruisers in a slow section well over 20 and one that was easily in the mid 20s. I know I didn't spook one and drifted some caddis by him to no avail. Wondering whether they might be catchable if I were to go back at night and throw a mouse? What do you guys think? I really want a big brownie.


Sure, why not? Give it a try. There's no harm in trying, unless it is a place where you aren't allowed to fish after dark. You've accomplished the first task in catching a big fish, which is to find a big fish.

Posted on: 8/23 22:52


Re: 30" Browns

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I can fish it at night I believe. It's outside the park. I may go back this evening and explore some more water. My 11 year old is itching to go.

We just got back from CO and had some great fishing on dry flies. Both got 4 species on the same day. One day I landed a 24" rainbow on a stimulator and had two even bigger break my tippet. Guide told us how they catch the big browns out there and it was at night with a mouse fly. Ever since I heard that story, I want to try it bad here in PA. I'm just getting back into fly fishing after many years of not. Got the bug bad.


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Re: 30" Browns

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I have been fly fishing for fifty years and have never landed a non lake run trout of any species of 30" or greater. My personal best in all those years was a 27" brown caught in June of 2002 on a streamer. I have caught hundreds, if not thousands of 20" - 21" trout on dry flies, but only a few dozen 21+ to 23", and only two larger. One 24" and another 24.25". However both of those fish were caught on dries and 5X tippet so I consider them to be very good fish.

In the waters that I fish, the Western Catskills, I just don't believe 30" and bigger fish exist in any real numbers where you can go out and target them. I once saw a blurb and picture in FFM where a 31" brown trout was caught on the WB of the Delaware. I once met a guy who only fished streamers on full sinking lines who told me he had caught three 32" browns on the main stem. He had no pictures to prove it and for me to believe any claim of a 30" trout not caught in any tributaries of the Great Lakes you are going to have to show me a photograph with the fish up against the rod or a ruler.

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Re: 30" Browns

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"Speaking of 30 inch browns, this guy got pretty close in the letort. Kind of hard tell exactly how long they were when they get shriveled up like that, but definitely a decent fish."

That trout may be 26" which is kind of hard to believe but it sure is one skinny trout.

Posted on: 8/24 21:41
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Re: 30" Browns

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Matt,

Between all of the branches up there, I think there may be a few (very few) that would touch 30" on the tape measure but I think there are some. The rumor was going around last spring that a Phillies pitcher caught a 32" brown in front of the dream catcher property. No pics though so I'm skeptical.

Posted on: 8/25 12:32
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