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Catching Big Fish Does Not Make You a Stud . . . Necessarily

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April 18, 2018
Go ahead. Look back through the Troutbitten archives and you’ll find a bunch of photos featuring big, beautiful trout. Chasing the biggest wild browns is part of our culture. It’s a challenge, and it’s a motivator — something that pulls us back to the rivers time and again.

I have friends who are big fish hunters to their core. Nothing else satisfies them. For me, I guess chasing big trout is a phase that I roll in and out of as the years pass. And although I don’t choose to target big trout on every trip, I always enjoy catching them. Who wouldn’t?

Hooking the big ones is part of the allure of fishing itself, no matter the species or the tactics used. What fisherman doesn’t get excited about the biggest fish of the day? It’s fun. And it’s inherent in our human nature to see bigger as better. But is it? Better what? Better fish? Better fisherman?

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Super-Prime Lies and Big Trout | The Spots within the Spots

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September 12, 2017

 

We talk a lot about big wild brown trout. The search for these extraordinary fish is what keeps us going. It’s part of the Troutbitten culture, and the inch…

Stories

The Big Score | Meet the Bad Hombre

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May 12, 2017

Spring fishing in Montana. It’s unpredictable and sometimes impossible once the runoff starts, but there are always places. It was a risky time to schedule a family fishing trip,…

Stories

Anything at Anytime | Meet Honey Bunny

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December 6, 2016

I approach from downstream, making daring casts into the brush pile, probing a dark network that’s shaped by collected seasons of tangled…

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Thirty-Inch Liars

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June 13, 2016

My story, Thirty-Inch Liars, is over at Hatch Magazine today. Here are a few excerpts…..
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… I once read through a publication…