Well, if I can count some that I caught out of a friends stocked pond in her front yard, that they feed pellets to, then the biggest rainbow I have caught is about 5 pounds. If not, then it's about a 16 incher, cookie-cutter model.
Well the biggest Rainbow trout was probaly only 2-3lbs but if i can count steelhead which is just a ocean going trout than it would be 19lbs, we have some really good steelhead fishing about 15 mins from my house.
You better find a picture of that five pound 'bow crowsfoot or it's just another fish tale haha. I am just kidding. I have never caught one that big. My best was 22 inches but maybe only two pounds. Didn't weigh it. And no... I can't find a picture so mine is just a fish tale I guess too.
I don't know now but back when I caught that monster in around 1988,the state record was 25 lbs. for a rainbow.I have looked for the pic of it before posting this,but can't find it yet.If I do I will post it on here.If I told ya how I caught him ya wont believe it either lol.
I never weighed em but my bigest rainbow ever is about 24inchs and my bigest brown trout is about 28 inches. I've caught a whole lot of trout on the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Rivers in Colorado and most of them are about 16 inches. You can get into some lunkers on the Colorado River also using a broke back Rapala.
I use floating Rapala's to catch the big boys but I enjoy fly fishing also, though I've yet to catch a monster on my flyrod.
Wishin' I was still in the mountains. One day I shall return there and give it another go. It'll be bass fishing in FL untill then.
Idunno how big the Bows are that we catch, we just bring them in, snap a few photos and toss um back. I do know they aren't hybred 30 pound hatchery fish. These are all wild Alaskan Rainbows that offer a fantastic fight.
Here are a few photos I've snapped while fishing with some of the crew I work with. When ever we get a break, we head up the river and bang a few. All the following photos were taken in the same location at the top of the Naknek river in southwest Alaska..
When it comes to scent, there are basically two types; those that attract and those that mask. I've tried both on many occasions. There are lots and lots of "doe in heat" scents, designed to attract a big buck into range. I've also used a "cow in heat" scent while elk hunting.
Another scent would almost be better named as a "coverup smell". The main goal is to cover up human odor or mask it. Though I don't believe you can ever totally eliminate all human...