The common cliche of fisherman’s exaggeration of “it was this big” can also lend itself to other “big ones”. Take the origin of the name of the Frying Pan River and the many myths that local Aspen fishing guides come up with or propagate.
1. A frying pan was hung in a tree to notify early prospectors not to venture any further as it was Indian country.
2. The fish once were so plentiful that once you dropped in your line it went straight from the river into the frying pan.