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Lake: Ridgway Reservoir

Lost A Trophy Bow

Post By: bharper      Posted: 11/22/2017 8:07:29 PM     Points: 415    
I started the day off fishing below the Reservoir where I hooked a BIG BOW easily upper 20 inches and 8+ lbs.I hooked it in the current it darted to my right wrapping my line around a rock and a hanging tree limb.I worked the fish out and back it went into the current and snapped my line.The rock and limb must have put a nick in my line because the fish was hooked good!First picture shows the rock and limb.I was on the other side to the right from where I took the picture.Bummed that I lost a trophy Bow I went up and fished the Reservoir where I hooked this consolation prize 19 3/4" Brown around 3 LBS.
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 11/22/2017 8:21:00 PM     Points: 1834
Nice consolation prize indeed. Too bad about that trophy. They know all the tricks....
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 11/22/2017 8:25:25 PM     Points: 2150
Nice fish
For sure
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 11/22/2017 8:32:15 PM     Points: 415
Thanks,the Trophy Bow would've been my first this year.I got 3 Trophy Bows there last year.These two were the biggest(9 lber and a 6+ lber),I caught these using the same set up as today.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 11/22/2017 9:07:30 PM     Points: 502
Great fight it sounds like, those kind can snap line so fast. Have caught several pigs there over the years, was a little worried about the real low flow there now. Nice brown and past piggy bows too!
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 11/22/2017 9:15:12 PM     Points: 415
Thank you! Yeah it was pretty low only got a few decent fish 14”-16” after losing the Biggin’! I had a great day there last year day before Thanksgiving .I only caught five but landed a 4. & 5 lb Bow and 3 lb Brown.So when I hooked the big one today my expectations went thru the roof for about 10 or so seconds! Oh well I still had a good time today!
 Reply by: wickedfisha      Posted: 11/23/2017 2:48:16 PM     Points: 1486
dam bharper!! Those two rainbows are unreal!! Way to slay!
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 11/23/2017 3:23:39 PM     Points: 415
Thanks,last year was my best year fishing for Trout.Besides the 3 Trophy Bows I landed 4 Trophy Snake River Cutts all on the same river.So losing yesterday’s Bow was disappointing but still have last years fish to fall back on!
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: 11/27/2017 8:58:27 AM     Points: 745
That river is always good for a shot at a beast - but I have never caught a brown that big out of the lake. Congrats!!
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 11/27/2017 10:26:36 AM     Points: 415
Thanks! Yes,I had a bigger Brown that had a body like a Bass but was definitely a Brown follow my in X-Rap several times but wouldn’t commit.When I hooked a smaller fish around where that bigger Brown was it would freak out aggressively! I think they might have been guardind nests around rocky shoreline and feeding in some cases because I had one miss my X-Rap cn the surface near the shoreline!
 Reply by: Golfprogreg      Posted: 11/27/2017 2:01:22 PM     Points: 38
You will get them next time! Nice brown. 👍
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 11/27/2017 2:19:51 PM     Points: 415
Thx,I hope so! I think I might try again this week.
 Reply by: Fish4Colorado      Posted: 11/28/2017 10:23:25 AM     Points: 1261
Did you fly fish for them or use reel and lure approach?
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 11/28/2017 1:58:36 PM     Points: 415
I have a 6’6” light action spinning rod with 6lb Sufix Seige using 1/4 oz Marabou Hair Jigs.The two in the picture have been the best producers.The Black/Olive Marabou got me my two biggest Bows,Black/Golden Brown has got me a 4lb Bow and is the best overall numbers wise producer.I’ve gotten one trophy Bow on the Jerkbait and is what I use mostly.
 Reply by: Fish4Colorado      Posted: 11/28/2017 3:51:17 PM     Points: 1261
Thanks for sharing the tips. I can see how they would go after that jig using a reel and normal pole. Has a good minnow profile.
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 11/28/2017 5:26:42 PM     Points: 415
I think the Black/Golden Brown also imitates a Crawdad in around the rocks and current. In shallower spots and in the current I swing my rod tip back around the 10 o’clock position in a sweeping motion.
 Reply by: navacito      Posted: 11/29/2017 8:40:53 AM     Points: 75
Awesome!, love seeing your catches on gunny too. Floated down from chukar trail this year for first time, amazing.....
You seen this picture?
 Reply by: Fish4Colorado      Posted: 11/29/2017 9:40:01 AM     Points: 1261

That is a beautiful large rainbow, most likely doesn't live anymore and fish like that are rare now. Thanks for sharing.
 Reply by: navacito      Posted: 11/29/2017 10:26:02 AM     Points: 75
the one in dow pic is a donkey brown
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 11/29/2017 7:27:41 PM     Points: 415
Thanks,the Gunny is my favorite Colorado River! That’s a giant! I’ve seen another Brown that was 32”+ and super chunky! It kinda looked like a Laker it was so fat like the one in the picture! Thanks for sharing!

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