The following brown trout was caught on a 13.5 foot long Amago rod, using Rigs 12 foot long Floating Tenkara Fly Line, with 14" of 12 Lb HiViz Mono added to the 2 feet of 15 Lb HiViz Amnesia on the line tip, plus 12" each of 10, 8 and 6 Lb test fluorocarbon line to finish out the leader, with about a 4 foot tippet of Orvis 5X Mirage FC tippet material. The fly was a size 16, Two-toned X-rated Ant pattern. Here is a picture of the fish
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The huge brown was slowly patrolling the shore line off of a granite bluff when I spotted it, about 4 or 5 feet down deep in the water. I flipped the ant pattern about 6 feet ahead of its line of travel, and the monster slowly angled up to the surface, opened its mouth, came over the top of the fly with its snout, and headed down with the fly in its mouth. I waited a little longer and then set the hook when the fish was angling toward the bottom. Then, all hell broke loose. Some anglers complain that brown trout don't jump. But this one came out of the water in 3 to 4 foot high jumps, 3 times. Which was fine with me because I was better prepared to handle a vertical battle with it than a liner fight out into the middle of the lake with 16 feet of line and a 13 and 1/2 foot long Tenkara rod. He did make his bid for the center of the lake two or three times, but by that time all the jumping had taken enough out of him that I was able to check his runs with the power of the rod, such as it is. There was also sunken tree he could have tangled the line in that I had to keep him away from. Luckily, I was able to do it with the fresh 5X tippet. By applying light but steady, relentless side pressure, I was eventually able to tire the fish out enough that I felt confident I could hand-over-hand in that portion of the line that was longer than the rod was long to beach the fish. I wanted to beach him so his struggles would drive him higher on the ground instead giving him free reign to head out toward deep water, and it worked.