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Old 01-14-18, 12:53 PM   #1
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So I read about the 20" challenge on a thread and I decided to head up to this super secret creek I know about and the weather seemed to play right into my plan. It had rained pretty good so the plan was to attack the water about 14 hours after peak high water. Climbed two fences, removed one No Trespassing sign and got in the water. The sun was shining the temp was 38 degrees and BOOM! here it is. Hit the bead headed olive wooly booger like there wasn't going to be another meal for a week or two.

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Thought I would show another view. I had to pull it out of the net by the mouth cause he was so broad.
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After the battle I had to sit and breathe for a while. Might be the best fish I have ever had the pleaseure of entertaining for a few minutes.
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Old 01-14-18, 03:48 PM   #2
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Sounds like an awesome fish! (but all of your pics are showing up as broken links...)


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Old 01-14-18, 05:44 PM   #3
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The photos show up on my phone and both computers.
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Old 01-14-18, 06:50 PM   #4
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nice. Can't believe you goldilocks'ed their Adirondacks too.
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Old 01-15-18, 12:05 AM   #5
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The photos show up on my phone and both computers.

Wow...congrats on the great fish!

(Pics show up fine on the website but not in the Tapatalk app...maybe itís just my phone thatís wonky?)



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Old 01-15-18, 01:58 AM   #6
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Super nice fish! Bet that was a sweet fight.
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Old 01-15-18, 07:57 AM   #7
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Can't believe you goldilocks'ed their Adirondacks too.
The way my heart was beating I figured I should rest for a moment. I would hate to have a heart attack on their property and then my family have to sue them for inticing me onto the property to fish without adequate safeguards to keep me out. So in the end I think it was the right thing to do for their sake.

Trouter; it was sweet. I use a bamboo rod with a Hardy reel which has no drag. So its just the rod and my finger playing the fish. It lasted about 4 minutes. I do wish there was a way to video an epic moment like this one. I am sure my memory will fade of the fish getting behind a rock to rest and me having to move him to shallower water. Or keep him from moving to the log and possibly break me off. All the things that make the heart pound.

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Old 01-17-18, 08:57 PM   #8
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Beautiful fish Scott. I guess I need to check my GPS tracking records for that day and then plan a trip to that super secret stream... Pay no attention to that small lump between the layers of your vest BTW...
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Old 01-18-18, 11:20 AM   #9
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Great story and great fish. I feel like i was reading Hunter S. Thompson, not knowing what part of your story was true and what wasn't - good stuff! What is that snowball looking piece of something a couple of feet up from your fly? I was thinking indicator at first, but I've never seen anything like that.
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Old 01-18-18, 09:06 PM   #10
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AK,
That is a white yarn "strike indicator" (bobber). That is what I started out with about 13 years ago. I can't adjust to the new plastic bobbers that seem to be the new trend. It is hard to find to the in a fly shop now.

When that yarn does anything different in a float I set the hook. For whatever reason the round plastic bobbers do not move like these, in my vision, on delicate takes.
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