What. A. Day! They don’t come alongside fairly often however at the moment was a memorable one. I almost didn’t go. Feeling a bit tough with a chilly and seeing the possibility of rain and chilly nearly put me off. I wasn’t feeling like a chilly, moist day within the boat and this has been the one approach to get to the fish not too long ago. Nonetheless, a number of hours fishing earlier than the rain units in is perhaps okay. As one of many members on the lake jogged my memory “A nasty day fishing is healthier than an excellent day working!”.
On the lake it was cloudy, misty and chilly. I wasn’t anticipating a lot motion however a number of the guys already there have been pulling fish out and the fish have been in so much nearer. The water was murky as a consequence of all of the rain we’ve had so possibly that has pulled the fish in additional. So, with fish being caught I tied on the Invictas and different flies I’d had success with the week earlier than and spent the subsequent 2 hours strolling round the entire lake with no takes. I wasn’t holding out a lot hope for an excellent day. I even managed to slide on one of many picket platforms narrowly avoiding a dip within the water, a damaged rod and arm! I bought away with a number of bruises fortunately nevertheless it hadn’t executed a lot for my temper.
The wind had no picked up so I tucked right into a nook with the wind coming from my left so I might drift the road throughout within the wind. I placed on a black/lime inexperienced tadpole and a crimson head cormorant (they like a little bit of crimson on this lake!) and sat down on the financial institution for some ‘light’ fishing whereas a nursed my accidents. Earlier than I’d even had likelihood to take a seat down I used to be right into a fish on the tadpole. After which 10 minutes later one other on the cormorant. I used to be beginning to really feel just a little higher!
My third fish additionally took the cormorant and this fish was a belter! A 6lb brown that didn’t need to are available to the web. After 5 minutes of pulling on this lump it lastly got here in, with the hook barely in its mouth. What a fish. Most likely my greatest brown to this point. Issues have been undoubtedly trying up. To be sincere, I’d have been very happy with this three fish however I simply stored on catching. Extra small rainbows, one other lovely brown. I’d hit 9 fish with simply an hour to go so I made a decision to maintain the tadpole on however strive another flies in order that I didn’t hit my restrict too quickly. Abruptly a fish took my fly and shot off into the center of the lake and there was nothing I might do to cease it. It took a lot line I needed to play it on the reel and regularly get it again to the financial institution. It turned and got here in direction of me and after some frantic winding I managed to get some stress on it once more. Regardless of how onerous I pulled I couldn’t get this fish to go another approach than what IT needed to go. I needed to maintain my rod like I used to be shark fishing with the butt resting on my abdomen in any other case my arm would have given up. By this time 2 different fishermen had come over to have a look and after we all noticed the fish for the primary time close to the floor we have been all amazed! It was really a monster! Taking part in fish of this dimension on wonderful tippets is at all times a scary factor so I took my time and tried to get it in. Every time it got here close to us it shot off and I needed to begin the method over again. It was a really tiring 10 minutes however lastly I bought it shut sufficient to get it within the web. It took three of us to get it out. It didn’t even slot in my web! Fortunate one of many guys (Thanks Graham) had some scales with him so we weighed the monster… 14lb of very fats rainbow! My greatest fish ever.
So what began out as a not so good day ending up being a kind of days I gained’t overlook shortly. Its going to be onerous to beat a 14lb’er!