A Formidable Specimen

Big brown trout are on the move in the Yellowstone area now, mostly in preparation for spawning (or so it seems to me) later this fall. Under certain circumstances they’re given to lying out in the open, in broad daylight, as this 5+ pound male is doing. It’s a behavior I’ve been watching for years, and I find it forever fascinating. Fish in these situations can be caught, but it takes great eyes and an abundance of stealth, caution, and precision casting to have a chance. A hefty tolerance for failure also helps, since failure is the end result most of the time (for me, anyway). After all, big fish don’t get big by being pushovers.

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