Ever Have A Fish Puke Up A Meal On You?
I have had this happen a few times over the years. Usually it is just a bunch of aquatic worms, I have even had a fish puke up a smaller trout once. But a few months ago while guiding Shawnee Meadows, I had one of the craziest experiences of my guide career. My client caught a nice fish, and while it was in the net, I notice something starting to come out of its mouth. It was so large I assumed it was a rat. The partially digested animal was now in the net along with the fish where I could get a closer look.
It was here I realized that it was actually a salamander! And a big one! I had no idea salamanders could even get this big. I will post another close up photo below. But the point here is not only to share this weird event on a guide trip, but to remind you the trout are adaptable opportunist when feeding. If there is a food source located in an environment, they will eat it! Keep that in mind when picking your flies. Also two points to whoever ties me up a salamander fly!