Rocket Scientist Breaks 39-year-old Nevada Rainbow Trout Record
–Chad Love The guys over on Flytalk are always going on and on about how fly fishing isn’t rocket science....
The guys over on Flytalk are always going on and on about how fly fishing isn’t rocket science. Well here’s a story that proves them wrong.
From the Elko (Nevada) Daily Free Press:
While it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to catch a fish, it obviously helps to break a 39-year-old state record for the largest rainbow trout ever caught in Nevada. Elko angler Mike Mott– who really has worked as a rocket scientist (emphasis mine) — caught the 16-pound, 8-ounce behemoth on Feb.10 at Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge. It measures 301⁄2 inches long. Its girth, according to Mott, is about 20 inches. The previous record, caught by Mike Soskin at Lake Mohave on Dec. 16, 1971, weighed 16 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 311⁄2 inches long. The record goes by weight, and Mott’s fish beats the old record by 4 ounces. “I was fishing a stonefly nymph under a floating line in the oxbow behind the Gallagher Fish Hatchery, when I felt a tug,” said Mott in a recent interview. “At first I thought I had a snag, but once I started stripping in the line I knew it was going to be fun.”
So there you go. It’s right there in indisputable black-and-white: It takes a rocket scientist to catch big trout. So to hell with flyfishing, I’m going back to my baitcasters.