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I trailed a size 16 Hares Ear nymph off the bend of my San Juan Worm and began to make my final drifts before ending one of my many days spent on the Eagle River in Colorado. The higher water levels made wading a bit tough and changed the river dynamics a bit so locating fishy water was a challenge. Early in the day I had found a few average sized (14-16) Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout willing to take my offerings, but I was on the hunt for bigger fish that often get moved around in high water. I knew that this river does not typically hold the big Rainbow Trout that other western rivers hold, but there are a few bigger fish. During times of lower water flows, I had seen some very sizable fish holding in nearly impossible to fish eddies and out of reach. The day was charging on and once again I watched my indicator drift slowly by when it did a little jiggle. I gave a slow down stream hook set figuring that my split shot might just be ticking bottom. As I lifted my rod tip I realized quickly that it was not a hang up. A loud tail slap broke the silence and got my heart pounding. The fish ran like a rocket ship downstream and took me with him. This was what I had been looking for all day. Now, I couldn’t mess it up. I played the fish gingerly as it made several long runs up and down the river, careful not to put too much tension on the small tippet that was being used for the dropper fly. Finally I was able to beach the fish and admire its size and beauty. He fell for the Hares Ear nymph and I removed it gently from his mouth before sending him home. A fish this size for the drainage I was fishing is not all that common. Often times you can see these monsters hanging behind giant boulders in eddies created by fast moving rapids, never within your reach. This was my personal best and biggest Rainbow Trout for this river and will definately keep me hunting the banks for others like this.