Big River Rainbow Trout

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Published on July 2, 2016

A leisurely day near the water turned into an unexpected fishing trip for some big rainbow trout. I had headed out to a local section of the Boise River to film some footage for a non-fishing related video when I happened to stumble upon some fast action for some large trout. I had luckily brought along a rod and minimal tackle so that I could get a few casts in between breaks on shooting video. The first cast found me connected with a rainbow that easily pushed 4 pounds. Thinking that was just a fluke I decided to snap a photo and release the fish. I didn’t start recording at this point because I had no idea that the fishing would be as hot as it turned out to be. Well two fish later and it quickly became apparent that I was into an incredible bite.

The equipment that I was using on this particular outing was a Luhr-Jensen 6′ ultra light action rod paired with a Shakespeare 2500ULX reel spooled with 4lb mono. As far as presentation, I tied on a #8 barbless hook about 18 inches below a 1/4″ slip sinker which I wrapped in tin-foil as a make-shift flasher/attractor. Using a small nightcrawler for bait, I cast upstream into the riffle area and let the rig bounce bottom throughout the riffle and subsequent run. Pretty basic stuff.

All in all, it was one of those trips that I won’t soon forget… if not for the great fishing, then for the the unexpectedness of it all. Sure, I would have loved nothing better than to have had my chance at some of those hogs with my fly rod, or to feel them hammer a spinner, but beggers can’t be choosers right ๐Ÿ˜‰

Until next time… May you have the best outdoor experiences with your family and friends, and maybe we’ll see ya on the water sometime!

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  1. Do you fly fish often? These rivers are great for fly fishing. Great fishin' ,great scenery, great job!๏ปฟ

  2. ive been watching your videos forever, never realised you were in boise! lol small world.

  3. do you just let it drift? where im fishing at the current is really fast and strong and i can just see the trout a couple of feet from me.

  4. I fish the boise river, in boise and down by garden city. i was wondering if you have found a deep spot on the river i cant find one anywhere. So when i jig i always get caugt up in the rocks
    also what were you using and what time of year was it

  5. Yup… I fish it at least twice a week ๐Ÿ˜‰ Plenty of huge catfish and some really nice bass… can't beat it!
    Tight lines!

  6. Sweet! Gotta love catching a nice fish ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. i caught a nice 15" rainbow trout in my river

  8. Just outside of a little town called Middleton…

  9. Cool video, thanks. Take care buddy.

  10. @EpicAnglerz Thanks man! It sure was a fun day! I got that pic of that awesome brown you caught… I sent you an email back about it, not sure why you didn't get it. Either way, thanks for sharing it… that was a VERY nice trout! I can't wait to see some more like that. I'm hoping to get some more trout videos up soon… still waiting on the rivers and streams to settle down a bit though… was just up yesterday and they're still running pretty high. Talk to you soon buddy ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. @mrriprock2 That it was my friend…. that it was ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. @mizooch70 It was awesome for sure! It was definitely a case of being in the right place at the right time. I went back the following day to try for a few more and that current seam had disappeared. Guess what… not a single fish! Sorry to hear you gotta fish vicariously through me…. guess I better to get fishing huh! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Take care Brother!

  13. @intenseangler Gosh, somebody put a misspelling in my comment!
    Ok, who was it? That's not funny at all, guys … you Rich ?!

  14. Some beautiful looking fish. I want to get out someday and try for walleye

  15. @Killahofosho Oh sure… rub in the steelhead fishing why don't ya! Haha! Man that sounds like fun right now! How's the Klamath fishing right now anyway?
    Yeah, the first one I caught off camera was nice and colorful, but the rest were all fairly dulled down. Oh well, no complaints here ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hoping to get in some mountain stream nymph fishing soon… the rivers and creeks have been blown out all Spring, but they're coming down nicely now. Hmm… maybe this weekend? Take care & tight lines!

  16. @oregonmikes Awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ I know exactly what you mean Mike… I had the same thing happen when I was watching the footage of this for editing: Dad had taken me fishing for as long as I can recall, but I remember vividly the first big trout that I caught without any "help"… can still see that image in my mind as if it were yesterday. That's the good stuff huh buddy ๐Ÿ™‚

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