The camera is never there for the big ones

Luckily, we had a camera ready for Ian’s trophy fish. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

On Sept. 29, around 11:30 a.m.,  I hauled a female brown trout out of the stretch of the Esopus Creek below Phoenicia, N.Y.

And what a trout it was.  It was like catching a leg of lamb. 

She was lurking in a riffle at the top of where the channel moves over to the road side and gains momentum before forming a very deep pool.  

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