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By Dave Collett
I had a memorable experience with a big brown trout fly fishing the Green
River. I was working upstream one afternoon casting into likely pools
(we call them “bathtubs ”on the Green) and I cast a grasshopper imitation
into a pool ahead. The fly disappeared almost immediately and I set the hook.
I could feel it was a big fish and it ran downstream as they often do, so
I stumbled along the bank after it. After three or four minutes I was able
to see that it was a big brown somewhere around 18 inches long. But a few
minutes later I could see that something wasn’t quite right. Instead of one
fish, there were two.
Somehow the fly was stuck in the side of a 6-inch rainbow near the tail and
the rainbow’s head was inside the mouth of the big brown, which was trying to
eat it. The whole time I had been fighting the brown trout over his lunch.
When the brown saw my landing net he just let go and swam away. The little
rainbow was still alive, so I removed the hook and set him free. I figured he
had enough for one day.
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