Cyndle Clift has managed to catch a massive Yellowstone cutthroat trout on the South Fork of the Snake River in Idaho that baffled the local department of fish and game scientists – the trout at 28 inches and weighing an estimated 7.9 pounds is easily at least double the standard size for the species locally. In fact according to Flat Creek Ranch, though Field and Stream and East Idaho News were calling it 8 to 10 pounds and a possible record for the Yellowstone cutthroat trout.
Cyndle from Idaho is a fly-fisher and was using a streamer in a deep hole to hook the monster fish, though landing the fish involved some tense moments.
“We were coming up on some logs,” Clift told Field and Stream. “We were worried [the trout] would break us off in the log jam, so we pulled it in in less than five minutes. But I don’t really know exactly how long it took; I probably blacked out a little bit from surprise.”