Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Good morning

My cousin and I were fishing this morning. Just at a local river, just for about four hours. There were reasonably good number of fish feeding on surface, grayling and brown trout.

I had fair luck with grayling, but demonstrated some poor judgment on the leader department. When I rigged up, I noticed that the leader was full of small nicks, but lazy me just replaced the tippet section and started fishing. Two trout broke it easily before I replaced the leader with a new one.

Then I hooked a decent trout, around 50 cm or 20 inches, and it fought hard. I was just about to show him the net when it turned and threw the hook. Just like that. No mistakes were made but it got away. It happens, I know, it has happened before and will happen again. I took a moment; there was a rock to sit on and a cigar to smoke.

Life is good, or as Mike puts it: “Sometimes in fishing you realise that life doesn't really get any better.


- Mike - said...

20 inches sounds like a really nice fish olli. I know the feeling... not good.

If it makes you feel any better, a pal of mine told me he lost a 6lb brownie earlier this season.


opax said...

Thanks Mike. A 50cm/20” trout is a good fish here. However this stream holds both stocked and wild brown trout. Stocked fish are marked by clipping the adipose fin. Wild fish are much harder to catch. I would have liked to take a look at the adipose fin of this trout.

Anonymous said...

Cool write-up opax, I especially like your last line... Sounds like some good fishing, too bad about losing that one.