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  • Dangled a rainbow trout imitation streamer next to an undercut bank in a tiny side channel, maybe 15 yards wide, saw a big flash, and my streamer disappeared. At first it took the fish a couple seconds to realize it was hooked, as I could barely budge it with my 5wt rod 3x line. I frantically screamed “FISH ON BOYS” helplessly waiting for Bryan and Jacob to meet me with the net, I knew we didn’t have long. 
Right as I yelled the fish turned and took off down stream. I have never run so fast down a sketchy river before playing limbo with the branches and lava with the 35 degree water to follow the fish, because I certainly couldn’t stop it. Finally I see Jacob and Bryan, I yell “coming down, net it!” We all sensed it was now or never. Jacob throws the net about 10 yards to Bryan who catches it one handed as he was jumping into the river just down stream of the fish. It darted for the undercut bank, and it was time for the Hail Mary. I dug into my line and tried to stop it, not knowing what would go first the hook or the line. Bryan jams the net blindly into the dark water next to the bank, and my line goes slack, the fish got off. The next second felt like an hour, I had time to replay the scenario in my head to look for what I would do differently next time. Then, all of the sudden, Bryan’s net got a few pounds heavier. We had done it. First fish of the trip, first sizable steelhead I’ve caught, we faced some real tough conditions and got it done, a real memorable experience all around. I felt every emotion there is this trip, one for the books. 
P.S. If you’re wondering what went first, hook or line, it was both. My tippet was broken and the hook was bent to hell.
  • Dangled a rainbow trout imitation streamer next to an undercut bank in a tiny side channel, maybe 15 yards wide, saw a big flash, and my streamer disappeared. At first it took the fish a couple seconds to realize it was hooked, as I could barely budge it with my 5wt rod 3x line. I frantically screamed “FISH ON BOYS” helplessly waiting for Bryan and Jacob to meet me with the net, I knew we didn’t have long.
    Right as I yelled the fish turned and took off down stream. I have never run so fast down a sketchy river before playing limbo with the branches and lava with the 35 degree water to follow the fish, because I certainly couldn’t stop it. Finally I see Jacob and Bryan, I yell “coming down, net it!” We all sensed it was now or never. Jacob throws the net about 10 yards to Bryan who catches it one handed as he was jumping into the river just down stream of the fish. It darted for the undercut bank, and it was time for the Hail Mary. I dug into my line and tried to stop it, not knowing what would go first the hook or the line. Bryan jams the net blindly into the dark water next to the bank, and my line goes slack, the fish got off. The next second felt like an hour, I had time to replay the scenario in my head to look for what I would do differently next time. Then, all of the sudden, Bryan’s net got a few pounds heavier. We had done it. First fish of the trip, first sizable steelhead I’ve caught, we faced some real tough conditions and got it done, a real memorable experience all around. I felt every emotion there is this trip, one for the books.
    P.S. If you’re wondering what went first, hook or line, it was both. My tippet was broken and the hook was bent to hell.
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  • Finally going to try out some frenchie's. Size 16 jig hook with a 2.8mm bead. Pm me if you want some flies!
  • Finally going to try out some frenchie's. Size 16 jig hook with a 2.8mm bead. Pm me if you want some flies!
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  • Nymph-queen of the island [1]
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  • Kingdoms under water, micro castles
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