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How To Become King Of The World During A Long Lunch

By Tom Chandler 6/15/2012

I'm tempted to stand on a large rock, hold my arms out to the sides and pronounce myself the King Of The Fly Fishing World
(hey, it worked out great for that Titanic guy).

Rainbow Trout Stunning, and bigger to boot. 

I took a 90 minute tour of a local small stream (in the world of the self-employed fly fisherman, that qualifies as a slightly long lunch), and once again, I'm the beneficiary of a pair of excellent water years.

This stream is small and is typically home to a lot of 6"-7" trout. Today I caught one that went 10" (the largest I've hooked in that water), and the average was in the 7"-8" neighborhood.

And I caught many trout.

In other words, I mirrored my experience at last week's expedition; after two good water years, the trout were 8%-10% bigger than normal (and hungry).

A smarter fly fisherman (and a better outdoor writer) would pocket the difference and chalk up the extra size to skill and cunning, but I'm told that -- as a daddy -- I need to exercise restraint.

Something about being a role model.


Sunday I flog the Subaru towards Lassen for a rendezvous with Older Bro, where I hope to catch the season's first Brook Trout (still The Official Char of the Trout Underground).

Expect another self-congratulatory post soon.

See you on the Brookie Highway, Tom Chandler.


Tom Chandler

As the author of the decade leading fly fishing blog Trout Underground, Tom believes that fishing is not about measuring the experience but instead of about having fun. As a staunch environmentalist, he brings to the Yobi Community thought leadership on environmental and access issues facing us today.

Nice fish. Got broken off yesterday fishing my bamboo by a much-larger-than-expected trout who thought I had just the right drift on my #20 EHC. Bummer, but the middle fork of the American is beautiful. Love that river.
Tom, You are the Zog King, but still humble enough to be a role model. Ray
Zog King of Neanderthal World.
Zog on fire.

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