Joshua Evans, Recreational Angler
- Frederick, MD
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Posted on April 8, 2013 | Permalink
Check Out This Middle Creek Trout
Location: Middle Creek
This is my first report of the year and honestly, this is one of my best freshwater catches to date! It started two days ago when I went to Middle Creek to hit some of my favorite spots that I figured would still be holding fish from opening day. It was slow overall but I still managed 3 decent stocker rainbows. On my way back down the creek I decided to hit my "special" spot that I usually go to close out slow days. I only managed one more there and started to head home. As I did that, I noticed a pool I hadn't ever really seen before nor had I ever seen another fisherman in (which is rare.) I found a spot to park and venture towards the water. As I did I saw this gorgeous fish swaying back and forth with the current hitting bugs as they went by. I tried for over an hour with the few things I had brought with me without any luck, eventually spooking it.
I woke up the next morning with the fish still on my mind. I didn't actually arrive at Middle Creek until around noon and went straight to the hole where I had seen this monster. Sure enough, she was at the font of the deeper pool, again swaying back and forth eating whatever happened by. I first fly lined a large red worm past her several times with no luck. I then tied on a # 0 Joe's Flies white spinner with a gold blade. I cast upstream past where she was and as it past her, WHAM she nailed it. Apparently I didn't set the hook right in my excitement because after only a couple of head shakes she got off. I watched her take off into the pool and then to my surprise (and luck) she returned to the front of the pool again back at her same pattern. It took several more casts past her and then again, WHAM she nailed it. I fought her for about 5-6 minutes with my ultra-light 4'6" torsion rod and Mitchell spinning combo on 4 lb. test line. She finally gave up the fight and after several attempts and bringing her close enough to net, I was able to do just that. She ended up being 23.5" long with a 14" girth and weighed 4 lbs according to my scale (though I am positive she weighed more). This is my biggest Rainbow Trout to date. I have caught several rainbows that were 16-18" in the past, but nothing like this!!!! On a side note, she was also full of about 1/3 of a quart sized bag of roe.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU DNR for stocking this beautiful fish and doing what you do! I look forward to catching more just like her this season. Hopefully I will get to thank you in person at the Maryland Fishing Challenge Grande Finale at Sandy Point State Park later this year.
Tight lines all and good luck tracking down these monsters!