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..
Let me start off by saying that I am a scaredy cat.
For someone that spent 3 years in 82nd Airborne jumping out of all manner of military aircraft, my friends find this ludicrous - but... it is what it is!
Climbing stand? Yep, still scared - put me up 15' and that is about it.
Ladder stands? I am better in these - but still cautious.
Chain on stands? Used to love them, now they terrify me.
I was once ridiculed for putting chain on stands waaaay too high - some of my friends...