I just got back from fishing the kenai for a week, and decided i need a rod that can handle large (20+'') trout, after hooking 2 on the same day. The first one i stalked along a cutbank and finally hooked it by drifting a comet right into its mouth, and managed to keep it on for about 4 nanoseconds.
The second one was after fishing for reds for a couple of hours, I decided that i probably was not going to catch any salmon, so I and got my 3wt out of my backpack to try and catch a 14" trout that would periodically jump downstream (not the best idea I have ever had). I tied on a black Egg Sucking Leech, and proceded to cast towards the fish. I did not hook a 14" trout. Instead, i hooked something that immediately swam into the current, and took off downstream at what seemed like about 60mph. I decided my $180 3wt was more important than a large fish(which i presumed to be a sockeye), and just as i was about snap my line, one of the largest rainbows I have ever seen jumped and spat out my hook. This fish looked to be well north of 20".
I am pretty certain that if i had the right equipment, i might have been able to land that fish. Which brings up the question "What is the right equipment?". What weight and size rod would be best to use for these trophy fish?
Any tips are appreciated.