T.O.A.D.=Totally Obvious Anadromous Dandy.

Posted: January 31, 2012 by Hellcat in Fish Reports, Gear Fishing, Salmon, Trout & Steelhead
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People who don’t fish ask me all the time….”Why do you call certain fish ‘TOADS’ and other you do not?” I thought maybe I should put it down in writing for everyone to see. I guess this dovetails into the ‘Glossary’ discussion I’ve had before….but I just can’t help but think Glossaries are super cheesy. So for now we’ll stick to the definition and application of the handle: T.O.A.D. I’ve decided it stands for a Totally Obvious Anadromous Dandy. If you don’t know what ‘Anadromous’ means then it’s time for you to visit Dictionary.com but I will say if you are a river junkie you should know it’s definition at least. Is it important you know the Greek origin of the word? Not really. Although I could tell you I’d be digressing way beyond the weeds we’re already in. I’ll dig us back out. A fish doesn’t have to be HUGE to be a TOAD. Although most big fish would naturally be considered a TOAD by virtue of the fact we are all hunting the big ones..ultimately. A small fish can be a TOAD because of it’s characteristics or features. Big shoulders against chrome bright skin. A tight, fat belly packed full of beautiful glowing cherry eggs might define it as such also. Here’s a TOAD that I caught on Sunday with Pete ‘Big Burge’ Burgess on a float set at 11′ deep. You may have seen the video entitled: TOAD the Wet Rocket. If you haven’t…check it out.

  1. Nookslayer says:

    Dude that is a chrome plated Toad. Nice fish and hte video (from both angles) is awesome. That is one of the hottest fish I have seen in a while. Excellent job getting her in.

  2. WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO!! That is certainly a certifiable Chrome Bright T.O.A.D. Chris!!
    Love the definition……PERFECT!!
    NICE JOB my friend! Dredged him up from the deep.

  3. Donaca says:

    That’s one shiny nat. That fish gave you a hell of a fight.

  4. Hellcat says:

    You noticed the depth of my bobber stop, huh John? Yeah. DUG it out from 11′ deep.

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