Slip the thread through the slit.
Slide the straw over the head of the fly, holding the hackle fibers backwards.
Whip it good!
Slip the straw off of the neatly finished fly.
This Is the fish laying next to a 9 foot 4wt rod, The reel is over sized to a 3 but the rod calls for a 2. The tail of this fish is the size of an Evo 3.
January 18th 2011, 12:45p.m. (date and time for my own future reference)
I had about an hour to fling a bug. Knowing that It was going to be tough I had my patient cap on. Lately there has been more flingin than bringin.
Footing it to my favorite shallow flat, I stand back gazing at the stream bed in hopes of the silhouette of a trout catching the eye. OK that's a joke, the Eagle that live here would drop down and eat a fish hanging out there in a New York second.
I did look it over good but found myself running the flies deep in the shade where the fish are safe from predators. Yea right...
30 minutes in to the hunt- Things weren't going great, I forgot my lanyard in the truck which holds my tippet. My rod was rigged up with good bugs already so a ran off with out my tippet.
After loosing my tailing fly I dug around and found a chunk of tippet in a pocket that was good enough to use. I added a lazy boy to it but quickly lost it in the submerged sticks.
Down to my lead fly, frustrated already and ready to leave, I made one final cast over home plate. Loaded with weight and my fly line resting in slower water, a mend was unnecessary. I just quickly dropped my tip sending a wave of line in to relieve the indicator. Much the same as when the garden hose gets stuck on something and you give it that wave that runs all the way down.
I thought I hooked the sticks again but it wasn't a place to take chances. I set the hook and I meant it, weather it be a fish or a stick. The line came tight so fast, a mist of water made a beautiful S, that seamed to stand for Smoking Hott! I'm ready to stay now!
My rod takes on a curl and begins the pulse of a large trout, (thuuub thuuuuub)
A winter battle with a fish that I'm sure to remember for quite some time.
I don't remember catching a fish that would compare to this one in length, ever from my local stream. It measured out just shy of 26 inches.
Here is the Release shot.