MR. SNUFFLEUPAGUS the Wild Brown Trout

Ryan Rachiele -

MR. SNUFFLEUPAGUS the Wild Brown Trout

I was stripping a sculpin pattern on one of my favorite small stream stretches. Riffles to deep pools. Perfect streamer water. I came to a spot where two streams came together and it had formed a deep pool. On the far side, there was an undercut bank with roots going every where. This is the perfect place for a streamer eater to hide. I toss my headbanger sculpin right next to the bank. I let it drop and stripped it three times. All of a sudden, a dark figure comes out from under the bank, looks at my streamer, and heads back to where he came from. Very disappointing but that’s the streamer game! A couple of months later, I headed to that same spot where I had seen him last. This time he will be mine! I cast to the same spot as before. Let it drop and stripped it three times, but this time he comes charging out and slams my sculpin. I see the streamer in his mouth so I set the hook. My streamer comes flying back at me and tangled up in the willows behind me. I drop to my knees. Pride crushed and many choice words were being said to myself. I was saying things like “that was your chance!” and “how can you screw that up? It was perfect!” Finally, I got myself together and crawled to retrieve my streamer out of the bush without him seeing me. Four or five minutes past but it felt like an eternity. I decided to give it one more shot. Once again I cast to the same spot. Let it drop and stripped it three times. He came out and absolutely crushed my sculpin with what seemed like pure hatred. This time I waited. I saw him turn with it and strip set like my life depended on it. As soon as he felt the hook, it was game on for him to get back to hideout with all the roots going every where. I eventually got him into the net as the adrenaline was pumping through my veins. I look down into the net at this gorgeous wild male brown trout that I have come to know as“Mr. Snuffleupagus” and think to myself, “now this is why I streamer fish!” Moments like that will be etched into your memory forever!

-Ryan Rachiele 

IG: @streamerjunkie17

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