Picture(s) of the Day: Huge Big Hole River Brown Trout II


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Big Hole Monster 1

This aged, 27-inch brown trout was taken from a high-and-muddy Big Hole River.

photo by Chuck Page

On Tuesday, we posted pictures of a monster brown trout caught by a novice angler on the Big Hole in Montana. She was part of a group of female anglers known as The Quality Chicks (check out their story over on the Women in Fly Fishing blog). Well, the saga doesn’t end there. Here’s another update from Wade Fellin, of Big Hole Lodge:

 

 

Big Hole Monster 2

As if one fish of a lifetime wasn’t enough, the same lucky Quality Chicks angler
landed this healthier-looking 24-inch beauty a couple hours later.

photo by Chuck Page

Suzanne, co-founder of The Quality Chicks boated browns of 27 inches and 24 inches on the Big Hole with guide Chuck Page on Thursday.  We woke up to thunder and hail at 6:00 a.m., quickly turning to pouring rain. Expectations were low for the final day of the fishing week. The hail and rain blew out a bank on Deep Creek, turning the Big Hole into a chocolate-milk color. The rain lasted through the morning and into the early afternoon. Despite the rain, three miles into the float, Suzanne hooked into a monster.  This 27-inch male trout is most likely very old and had been in a battle with an eagle or osprey judging by the missing tail chunk. Two hours later, Suzanne landed a fat 24-inch male. Two fish of a lifetime in one day!

 

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