My biggest on a pistole pete was a 18" brown on the N Platte near Walden. It was a Platte Special Pete. I tied these flies on #6 hooks for the eyes at Prospect. A bit bigger than the Shad I was netting today.
I have pulled most of my large trout out of the Ark tailwater on #20-24 midges. But my Terror-fish have been caught on mice at nite....
Salve for the ego or not I do prefer to catch a fish over the skunk.. And Hemingway turned his head into a canoe... I can only guess that he was skunked for too long!
That day I was getting the skunk at 11 mile I noticed some spin fishers chucking spoons and kastmasters and reeling in as fast as they could, hooking up on half their casts. Tried a fast retrieve with several streamers with no love. Then I saw those pistole pete's I had not fished in a couple of years. I think I learned a lesson that day.
I attached the heavy metal eyeballs and assholes version of the shad.