Photo: Pickett’s Large. . .Brown Trout

Yes, the arms are extended, but compare Justin’s hand to the size of the tail!
Photo by Louis Cahill

Justin Pickett, who writes for the Gink and Gasoline blog, sent in this great photo of a huge brown trout that he landed last Wednesday, on a North Georgia stream that he would prefer to leave unnamed. Justin was fishing his trusty Helios 2 4-weight rod, which must have had quite a bend in it at the height of the battle.

18 thoughts on “Photo: Pickett’s Large. . .Brown Trout”

  1. Large brown trout ? Sure, but just how big a boy is this Justin Pickett ? Maybe he’s vertically challenged and has small hands! 😉 Regardless, a very nice fish for a 4-weight rod. Kudos to Justin and to Orvis.

  2. Wow, for a four weight, that rod must have been bent! I have a 4 wt Superfine and have landed quite a few 22-23 inch fish on it and it really takes some arm strength!

    1. Charlie, we measured this bad boy at 29″. Didn’t take the time to get girth measurements. It was time for him to go back to his lair.

    1. I’d rather catch a 6″ native Georgia brookie than take a beast like that knowing its environment has been manipulated in order to produce it. Not a big fan of Frankenfish. Introduced species such as brown trout that thrive in a natural environment are one thing. Manipulation of the environment and even the behavior of the fish is completely another , um, kettle of fish. To each his own, I guess but if a fish like that is displayed full disclosure is not an unreasonable expectation.

      North Georgia hosts a number of such streams. Some pay to play. Others more exclusive than that. The money spent in creating such fisheries, would be far better spent protecting the natural environment of truly precious and unique fish such as the brook trout of the southern high country streams in my opinion. Even if you never get run into your backing.

  3. I’ve caught a lot of big and wild trout, salmon and char all over Canada and Alaska. And, I had a lease on the lower end of a river in Habersham County GA for six to seven years. I fished one or two days a week almost year round and would normally catch a fish over ten pounds each outing. On one day I caught fifty-four fish, eight of which were over ten pounds with two browns in the teens. Those fish, like the real wild ones, are FUN to catch. I couldn’t get to Canada and Alaska with that regularity. And, indeed, a wild six inch brookie is a beautiful fish, but I have no interest in breaking my back to find one.
    I also fished a four or five weight rod.

  4. That rod must have been bent for a four weight! I have a 4 wt Superfine and have landed several 22-23 inch fish on it, but it takes a lot of arm power!

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