Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Bitterroot Bully

    When thinking of big bull trout rivers in Montana, the Bitterroot usually doesn't receive a whole lot of consideration. Although there is a healthy population of these carnivorous guys they mostly stay on the smaller side within the system. This is mostly due to the habitat in the headwaters of the system not offering enough cold clear water to allow them to spawn and grow.
    Over the last ten years I haven't seen or heard of many bulls from the root that could stand with this fish my client, Alan Krimmer, landed last week. Stretching to just over 30 inches this big predatory trout didn't eat a large streamer or small cutty we were fighting in. Nope, he ate a #10 stonefly nymph on 3x tippet. Not at all how I envisioned catching a fish like this, but frankly I am just happy to have had an encounter with this old battle scared bull. Right drift, right time, right bug, and it couldn't have happened to a better guy!

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