A Big Surprise

On my last outing, I was minding my own business. Fishing a local freestone. You know, nymphing with my usual stuff and having good luck finding trout of the holdover and stockie varieties. Just enjoying the great outdoors and flinging some flies.

Then, this happened.

A carp?  An overgrown chub? Based on some online queries, I am thinking the latter.  I don’t know what this was, but it was about 17″. A fish with a face that only a mother can love.

And, it took a size 20 nymph.


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5 thoughts on “A Big Surprise

  1. I think it's a fallfish (which is a type of chub, so you were right). They're pretty common in the stocked trout rivers in Eastern MA. I've never gotten one that big, but I have had a couple that I thought were trout until I got them in.

  2. That is a big beautiful fallfish! A trophy one too, far harder to find than trout and in my opinion under appreciated. You are a lucky man. Most fly fisherman will never catch a fallfish that size.

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