Gas $3.95 (15 cent rewards discount) 68 and sunny, not a cloud in the sky.
I had to go back, the tug of the big browns and the scream of the CFO, I was setting the hook in my dreams.
The river had dropped another 20 cfs and I thought that might improve the fishing in a couple of spots.
There are still plenty of trout lilies in bloom but they won't be around too much longer.
I rigged the rod streamside and went directly to the spot I had been dreaming about, no warmup, just hit it. Hooked up on the second cast. Hot fish ran to the end of the run, and almost into the next one, but it turned, and I brought it back up only to have it make another blistering run to the bottom of the run before I could bring it to the net. I had the TG with me but still failed on the photos.
On the next cast I hooked another 20 incher, but damn if it didn't through the hook.
The trillium are almost out.
I landed a couple of nice browns in the 16 - 18 inch range and hooked another 20 incher (best guess) that ran down steam and then jumped, clearing the water by a foot and spitting the hook.
I moved on up river and hit a few more spots, hooked and lost a couple of good fish and then, I hooked into leroy, who took off 70 feet across the braided currents and lept completly out out of the water, the sunlight catching the spray displaying a rainbow of color and then in horror and utter disbelief and it thrashed its head the hook popped out. (I may have to reconsider using barbless hooks) Unbelievable!
The caddis were thick swarming above the riffles, but I saw not one fish rise.
I moved again and hit another spot where I was planning to fish until dark. I hooked a fish and ran it down in the fast water and then was getting ready to net it when I heard a snap, oh crap. The tip of the rod was dangling on the line to the indicator, the fish was still on and I netted it.
I've had this Sage SP 590-3 for decades, I "won" it at a Blue Ridge TU banquet bucket raffle and have fished it hundreds, if not a thousand days. I felt sick. When I got home, I checked the sage web site, formally sageflyfish.com now under farbank.com and saw the following.
We’re sorry. We are not accepting product repairs at this time.
WTF? Took a phone call to get things rolling...
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ex "I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!"
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