Today was a day full of firsts.
1st fish on new fly rod
1st fish I have ever fought “off the reel” while fly-fishing
New personal best brown trout.
Overall a pretty successful day! I fished a small stream In Winona Co. and found this 19-1/2″ brown in a deep pool below some rapids. I caught it fishing a home made leech pattern bead head fished excruciatingly slow. After the 5 minute fight and release, I proceeded to hike 2 miles or so up stream and caught 10 or so more browns, with a few in the 12-13 inch range and several in the 10″ range. Overall it was a fun day. It could have been a heck of an outing if I wouldn’t have lost the 17+” brown right at the end. This stuff sure is an exciting way to forget about the river being too high to fish!