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1 hour ago, Seth said:

There are probably more big trout caught on little scud flies than anything else each year on Taneycomo.

 

Is that because there are fishermen fishing scuds than there are people fishing jigs or jerkbaits?

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My biggest browns (24-25 inches, three of them in that range) all came on streamers about 3 inches long.  I've also caught 23 inch browns on jerkbaits, and one on a small crankbait.  My biggest rainbows also came on streamers, both several 30-31 inchers in Alaska and a couple 24 inch class ones in Montana.  I've done a lot of fly fishing with small nymphs and dry flies, but I don't think I've caught anything over 22 inches on the small stuff.  That's not to say it can't happen, though.

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I was pitching a jig around a dock one day, 20# line and a stiff rod, the line suddenly went slack so I gave it the ol' eye crossing stab and started cranking.  Woah!  It was heavy, strong, and I couldn't turn it no matter how hard I leaned on it.  It ran under the boat, then peeled out from under the boat and ran back towards the dock.  Every time I'd ease up it would take off in another direction and I could feel it vibrating powerfully.   It didn't fight like a big cat, definitely wasn't a drum or anything like that, it honestly felt like a really REALLY big bass.   Finally I tired it down and up through the murky water came a complete TV antenna.   I had it hooked right in the middle.  🤬

That thing was fierce !

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16 minutes ago, fishinwrench said:

I was pitching a jig around a dock one day, 20# line and a stiff rod, the line suddenly went slack so I gave it the ol' eye crossing stab and started cranking.  Woah!  It was heavy, strong, and I couldn't turn it no matter how hard I leaned on it.  It ran under the boat, then peeled out from under the boat and ran back towards the dock.  Every time I'd ease up it would take off in another direction and I could feel it vibrating powerfully.   It didn't fight like a big cat, definitely wasn't a drum or anything like that, it honestly felt like a really REALLY big bass.   Finally I tired it down and up through the murky water came a complete TV antenna.   I had it hooked right in the middle.  🤬

That thing was fierce !

                Would 6# or even 30# line made any difference? You got it landed even though it was snagged in the middle :) More of a fight on light line. You see some fishermen like the challenge of the fight on light line while others like to set the hook that crosses the fishes eyes, jerks it's jaws into the boat for bragging rights. 

BilletHead

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27 minutes ago, Al Agnew said:

  I've done a lot of fly fishing with small nymphs and dry flies, but I don't think I've caught anything over 22 inches on the small stuff.  That's not to say it can't happen, though.

I have only caught one big fish,  " over 30 inches", on a streamer pattern. Leonard's hibernator to be exact. The other 31 big fish, "over 30 inches", came on a #12 or smaller scud and one that I recall on  a white egg at night. The majority came on # 14 and # 16.  7x to 6x tippet.

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25 minutes ago, fishinwrench said:

I was pitching a    stiff rod, so I gave it the ol' eye crossing stab    Woah!         I couldn't turn it no matter how hard I leaned on it. 

  Every time I'd ease up     I could feel it vibrating powerfully.   It didn't  drum or anything like that, it honestly felt really REALLY   complete.     right in the middle.  🤬

Dang Man, you trying to derail this thread! 😂

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