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My Other Montana Outdoor Passion. This 29 inch rainbow trout weighed approximately 11 pounds and was released back into the water where she was caught on a fly in April 2008. Montana has her share of large trout.


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tleaf - Apr 22, 2008 12:00 pm - Voted 10/10

A Beauty!

My nephew (a guide in MT) would be jealous!


lcarreau - May 25, 2008 12:04 pm - Voted 10/10

Nice catch ...

Was it strictly a "catch and release
and fly fishing only?" Strawberry
Reservoir in Utah has trout of this
size. Of course, I have developed a
passion for the taste of trout, so
I would want to keep the ones I
catch. Awesome trout!!!


FlatheadNative - May 25, 2008 3:42 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice catch ...

Thanks all I did was catch her. We are getting more of these bigger fish in NW Montana and I am glad about that. Catching these big fish is really a passion for me and I always release them. I am not a "fly only snob" but prefer to fish with my fly rod. As far as the fly only water we have not gotten to that level here yet but some of the waters have restrictions such as barbless hooks and one fly etc.

I too like eating trout but frankly a smaller 10-12 inch trout tastes a LOT better than these big ones. I will occassionally keep a few to eat when I fish in the mountian lakes. Many times these lakes are so over populated that keeping a few to eat does the other ones a favor.

I have heard about the fishing at Strawbery and would like to make a trip down there to fish.


lcarreau - May 25, 2008 8:21 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Nice catch ...

They have a wonderful campground and facilities
there at Strawberry. You might want to try it
out sometime! But please, don't run into an elk like my father did a few years back. Take care!

Wiktoria Plawska

Wiktoria Plawska - Sep 4, 2008 7:02 pm - Hasn't voted


If i was you i would eat it! :)


FlatheadNative - Sep 4, 2008 9:08 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: hmm

Same comment as above. Little ones taste better! Thanks for looking at the photo.

Wiktoria Plawska

Wiktoria Plawska - Jan 10, 2009 6:55 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: hmm

no prob, i guess your right, the old one might bee all stiff and taste-less.


Marcsoltan - Oct 12, 2008 1:01 am - Voted 10/10

One hell

of a catch. I am not sure I would have been so compassionate. But, I can see why you would want to release the big boy.


FlatheadNative - Oct 12, 2008 1:12 am - Hasn't voted

Re: One hell

Ya she was a biggie. There are more out there. A buddy of mine just caught a 14 pound rainbow about 1 mile from my house. Put them back and they might get a chance to get bigger.


Malibu - Aug 13, 2009 1:29 pm - Voted 10/10

Tough call for me

The keep or release part, that is. I typically release trout I catch with a fly but 11 lbs would be kinda tempting. I have caught a few non-native 25-30 lb salmon in my life -- they're meant for chowin' down. My biggest rainbow was a hatchery raised 3.5 pounder, I hooked and released a decent wild 2 lb brookie once and I have never had a steelhead up to my hands--have hooked and lost a couple. That is my dream fish.


FlatheadNative - Aug 13, 2009 2:05 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Tough call for me

I have not connected with a steelhead yet. I had a bump up in Alaska a few years ago but I missed the hook set.


TyeDyeTwins - Oct 4, 2009 1:41 pm - Hasn't voted

Holy shit......

Thats one big fish. Way to release it back into the wild. That kind of action should earn you some big karma points.

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