The day began exactly how I'd imagined it would when I was still working at home, rigged up a Puterbaugh Caddis with a double dropper BH Prince Nymph & a BH Pheasant Tail, threw to the first likely spot and hooked into a fat 12" brownie to start the day. I spotted another fish rising at the head of the pool, but rather than re-rig for the scattered blue wing olive hatch I threw the flies that I already had on. As you'd imagine, the clumsy rig put the fish down in a hurry. Another throw into the riffle that fed into the pool with a decent drift led to a strike on my dropper. When the dry popped under I lifted the rod tip and felt some weight on the other end. The fish gave some serious head shakes and ran up and down the stretch, but my 4 weight fiberglass had enough backbone to keep it from taking me down into a stretch where it wouldn't be easy to follow. After a long, dogged, fight the brown slid, as much as would fit, into my net. Definitely my best fish on this stream and a great fish anywhere! It was a beautiful fish with brown, red, black and even some silver showing on it. Too big to get a decent photograph of by myself, but I tried...
|Just for perspective, my arm is completely straightened out!|
Hope you're as lucky,
|I love Cutts!|
|I'll take fish like this on a light rod all day|