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How do you measure a trophy trout?

What would you consider a bigger trophy. A 7" wild tiger trout or a 20" stocked brown? I would say the wild tiger is the better trophy. In fact I consider all wild trout trophy fish. There is nothing like catching a barley legal native brook trout. They are such beautiful fish. I would rather catch them than larger stocked fish. Size doesn't matter when measuring a trophy. Its in the eye of the beholder.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-06-2015, 01:56 PM
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Re: How do you measure a trophy trout?

No question the Tiger. Compared to each other the 20"+ is waaaay easier to achieve.

Now if you said 26"+ wild fish or a tiger......that one would be tough and equally as rare to catch. I'd take the big one in that case.
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Re: How do you measure a trophy trout?

Any trout my 2 kids catch and successfully release are trophy's to me. Haven't been trout fishing more then 2-3 times a year by myself the past few years. It's all about the kids for me.
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Re: How do you measure a trophy trout?

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No question the Tiger. Compared to each other the 20"+ is waaaay easier to achieve.

Now if you said 26"+ wild fish or a tiger......that one would be tough and equally as rare to catch. I'd take the big one in that case.
Except some of the big, wild streams. In Catherine in NY, 24-26" was a pretty frequent size. Amy wild trout is awesome to catch, but to some a 20" stocky might be a fish of a lifetime as well. To each his own, but I look forward to seeing people's responses!!

To me, a big wild trout is awesome, because it took them serious effort and survival to get big. I don't fish for wild trout a whole lot, at all, but love seeing them!!

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Re: How do you measure a trophy trout?

I would have to say the 7" wild tiger is the better trophy just because of the rarity of it. Just not something you see every day.
As for a 7" wild trout vs a 20"+ stocker....well take your pic. I usually catch more than a few of both of those in any given season, so maybe I'm spoiled. In their own way, and aspect of trout fishing, I'd consider them to be equal trophies.
To each their own. Enjoy whatever kind of trout fishing that you do.
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Re: How do you measure a trophy trout?

any trout that puts up a big fight on an ultra light setup or any wild trout. sometimes just being able to wet a line is the biggest trophy of all.
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Re: How do you measure a trophy trout?

To me any stocked trout isnt a trophy. Just something about it being raised in a fish tank turns me off. The wild tiger wins by a landslide in my mind. With that being said i don't mind someone else considering a stocked trout a trophy. A trophy is about the story behind the adventure not the actual fish/deer/turkey etc.
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Re: How do you measure a trophy trout?

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A trophy is about the story behind the adventure not the actual fish/deer/turkey etc.
I pretty much feel the same way. A fish that might not be anything special to some folks might be a HUGE deal for somebody else, depending on their situations. Everyone has different skill levels, available time, financial considerations that might limit travel, circumstances at home, or even just personal issues to deal with. NOBODY has the right to belittle or denounce a legally taken fish (or any game animal for that matter) if the person catching that fish is happy or excited about it. If someone DOES feel the need to criticize or judge, then they need to examine their OWN ethics as sportsmen/women.

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Re: How do you measure a trophy trout?

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A trophy is about the story behind the adventure not the actual fish/deer/turkey etc.
Some of my most memorable catches or kills were not my biggest or most unique. Some where.

Of the two mentioned in the initial thread. If I fished alot, probably the wild tiger would get the nod as they are pretty darn rare. If I did not fish as much, which is what I do, the wild tiger would not hold as merit to much as luck was a major player.

I hunt a ton. Always wanted a coyote. My first coyote I was able to kill was a black phase. To this day, that is what I refer to as my greatest trophy. If I didn't hunt as much, it wouldn't hold as much value to me.

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Re: How do you measure a trophy trout?

I've caught a ton of trout but two stand more than others and neither was big by any means. The first was the first trout I caught or at least remember catching. It was a small brookie about 8" long. The second was a particularly colorful native brook trout. It was only 6" or 7" but I have never seen such coloration on any other brookie.
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