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Old 04-27-2013, 07:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Thanks! Sorry, I'm learning how to upload pictures. The story.....



28 inch Brown Trout caught yesterday, Friday 4/25/13 on the ELK River in southern middle TN. I have fished the river my whole life since I grew up less than thirty mins away. The biggest trout I have ever caught in there did not exceed 15 inches. This is a rare fish anywhere, but especially coming from the ELK. I live in Knoxville now and fish the South Holston and Clinch regularly but have never caught a fish over 20". Wouldn't you know my monster would come from my home tailwater.



The fish was caught in the middle of the day in a shallow shoal on a spinner. Unlikely time, unlikely place, and unlikely lure. We were going thru a rapid and was not able to stop and fight the fish so we floated down stream and dodged limbs, trolling motors, and oars. Fighting the fish the whole way, he took two big runs upstream and then downstream. He was simply a miracle we boated him and my cousin and I will never forget the adventure. The fish is going on the wall. I dont think it would have lived if I released him. No telling how old he is.
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O, Im the shirtless guy. My cousin is the other guy holding the fish.
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Nice fish! How much did it weigh? It sounded like quite an adventure to get it in the boat. I haven't looked at the other topics in Elk River but could you give a general idea of how to fish it, like river access and general areas to catch trout. Thanks
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Nice Trout that sucker is a brute!
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Old 04-27-2013, 12:52 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks! The Elk comes out of Tims Ford Lake. It is a much narrower river than the east tn rivers. When we go we usually catch good numbers and fish lack the quality. For instance, we caught several stockers in the 6-10 inch range. For some reason I caught more browns on this trip than I ever had. Fish obviously holdover there but conditions have made it tuff the past three years. Two biggest complaints have been the quality of fish stocked and nasty grass in the river. Yesterday the water was stained. It used to be clear. But i think they were spilling water at the dam too. But access is at the dam and Ferris Creek Bridge. Very limited access which makes it a beautiful float. Both access areas you can load in a boat. We floated from the dam to the bridge yesterday. Its a whole day float. Old Dam Ford is another access area down river from the bridge. All the usual things as far as bait selection goes. Fish were not rising yesterday at all if you fly fish. Didnt see a lot of bugs either.
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I didnt get a weight but would guess around 8-10
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