By Amos Sharp
I think it’s fair to say that I’m a self proclaimed “trout bum”. From small pockets of high country water, to the variety of rivers running through Utah, trout have undoubtedly planted a seed of passion for fly fishing in my life. The more I fish, the more I learn about each individual species of fish along with their habits and history, and the more I fall in love with fly fishing as a whole.
Getting to know the different species of trout here in my home state, and then hiking into deep country hoping to find them, has brought a new sense of adventure to the sport of fly fishing for me. I want to share with you my favorite fish to catch, as well some of my favorite lady anglers.
These wonderful anglers shared their thoughts below:
Madison Hyde @madison.hyde
There is something extraordinary about catching brown trout. Unlike rainbows, which tend to display their bodies and acrobatics immediately after the hook is set, then run, fight long and hard; browns tend to be a bit more mysterious. Their coy behavior invites the angler to be extremely curious about what’s on the end of their line, which can be really exhilarating. Though browns will fight hard like a rainbow trout, they stay deep down in the water until complete exhaustion. This approach, to me, shows great intellect. The moment when the brown begins to submit, and their yellow body is revealed near the water’s surface, my heart races with joy. The character of a brown isn’t their only great attribute. With a primary color of golden yellow, the brown trout is adorned with a variety of spots ranging from blue, red, black and brown. Taking a brown out of the net is like holding a crown of precious jewels. Releasing it feels like saying goodbye to an old friend. Their humble energy moves through you like a warm embrace. I’m not sure if my love for catching browns will ever subside. Until then, every time I set the hook, I am anticipating a buttery brown.
Jesika Fry @tx.flygirl
(Photo Credit: Josh Smitherman) Though all species are fascinating, I’ve got to say my favorite species to catch on the fly is a largemouth bass. Luckily, because I live in the great state of Texas, I am able to catch this fish any day of the year! What makes me love a largemouth bass is the way that they attack your fly. When a bass takes your fly, they are not just trying “injure” it. Bass are out to fight. Because of this, the take is violent and I just love that. Not only is the take good, but the fight they put up is phenomenal! A largemouth is a hefty fish and I would be happy catching that fish every day.
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