Jun 11th, 2020
Our friends at Fishpond posted a story about giant trevally fishing, written by Fly Water Travel’s own Brian Gies. See below for some of the story and a few of the photos, then click here to read the whole piece.
“Had Swedish naturalist Peter Forsskal had the good fortune of being an experienced saltwater fly angler, he likely would have chuckled at the clever double-meaning of his standing taxonomic identification of the first giant trevally, Caranx Iglobilis. The year was 1775 and Forsskal was in the Red Sea between Saudi Arabia and Yemen. While the Caranx genus of trevally was obvious to him, the rest of the package was so mysterious and foreign that he named the species Ignobilis to denote its “obscure and unknown” attributes. The humor in this today is that the current definition of ‘ignoble’ typically reads “not honorable in character or purpose, degenerate, mean or savage”.
For those of us that have had the good fortune to chase these ferocious fish in their element, the current definition could not be more accurate. Giant trevally are the undisputed apex predator of the flats; superbly-conditioned, high-performance thugs that sometimes top 170 pounds and instill constant terror within all members of the food chain beneath them. Simply put, they are the meanest, hardest-fighting fish one could ever hope to tangle with on a 12-weight.”