I'm not good at catching large trout. In fact, I'm terrible at it. I freely admit this fact and lay it, bare truth and all, at your feet. I suppose it comes from the fact that I don't pursue large trout. I don't fish the type of waters that hold them and I don't seek them out. I'm just not a big fish guy.
I live fairly close to some famous large trout waters (South Fork of the Snake, Henry's Fork, Silver Creek, Ft. Hall Bottoms, etc.) but I generally don't go out of my way to for fish them. Here's a point of illustration, I live close to Brent Auger (DRAGONtail Tenkara, NIRVANA ON THE FLY, Leland Fly Fishing) and could fish the same waters he does, but I don't (we all know what size of hogs Brent catches). Why? Intimidation? Maybe. No interest? Mostly. I just like smaller trout in smaller waters.
But every once in a while I'll fish for larger trout. Late winter, early spring is the season that I generally seek them out. Why? Because the waters I really like to fish are still frozen over and I can't get to them. April 5th was one of those trips to see if I could catch some larger fish. I did catch a few. The largest was a rainbow a little over 21 inches (53 cm). I didn't have any trouble hooking them, I had trouble keeping them from breaking off. I'm out of practice and lack "big fish" skills.
Anyway, here's the video. Don't be too disgusted with me, I'm no Brent Auger!