I really don't know how to better describe the events of yesterday's fishing trip, except to show a few pictures. I believe that they will tell it all. In the end, I decided that I need new fishing gear... Knee guards...or just better judgement.
|Minus the hocky stick, of course.|
A freshly fallen 8 inches of snow welcomed me as I started my journey...
I was excited to try out my new 10' 4wt fly rod...
but, because I left my Lamson reel at home, the low cost back-up had to be used.
The first catch of the day was this "teenager" of a Brown Trout.
The new rod had been "initiated"...
Then, I had it in my mind that there would be bigger fish down by the bridge.
And I was right.
Then, this is where the story goes...downstream!! In more ways than one.
I really want to blame this mishap on the lousy back up reel, but it could also be the angler involved. : ) This reel was supposed to come with some sort of drag system! I couldn't tighten it up...And all of a sudden, it was reeling out of control with a 20 plus brown on...He showed me his head and yellow tail once as he pulled away yard by yard. Oh, I wanted this guy!! But, he was determined to go back down deep. My rod had a beautiful bend in it...if we are looking for something postive about this experience! Sooner than expected though, I was to the backing of my line. Now, it was nervous time. He was too far away from me going downstream and the shear force made me stumble over some jagged rocks underneath. My knees screamed in pain. Still holding on to my fly rod with every bit of strength I had left, I tried to reach back for my clippers. I was not going to lose a new rod by golly!! But, before I could find them and cut the line...
Mr. Brown...broke off. Insult to injury! : ( Well, at least I saved my line, I guess!
And finally home to give it a rest...a few scrapes to the hands and a few bruises to the knees and ego. Whether I could have brought that fish in with a different reel is beside the point. The "reel" factor was that I wasn't in an area that I should have been in. Yes, it was a spot that had a lot of boulders and pockets water. Good holding spots for trout. My sense of balance is not as good as others. And the current was stronger than I should have ventured out in. So, my tippet today would be to fish in those waters that are in your comfort zone. Don't risk your safety for a silly ol' fish! (even 20 + browns) Hindsight. I think it's time for the hot tub.
I have one of those reels that I fish from time to time. I've always thought the drag didn't matter cause its purpose is just tonhold the line. Maybe I better reconsider. Great tale. Good luck with those knees.ReplyDelete
Steve ~ The drag knob is just a big fail...I'm going to the store this week to see if there is some kind of adjustment. It just can't be this loose and slip this bad. Icing overnight helped the knees. Now, for the embarrassment...haDelete
That is definately Combat Fishing, just a different phase. Guess it wouldn't do to yell at you about safety. Just glad you're OK.ReplyDelete
Mark ~ You are absolutely right on that one! I really wish that this could have been one of those fictional stories that Howard writes up... : ) Lesson learned, I guess!Delete
Now that is a true war storyReplyDelete
Good story and good advice. Breathable waders should definitely have reinforced knees and other areas of stress and wear. I would have thought Patagonia would have made a more durable product.ReplyDelete
Spurky ~ All I can say is that I am a "comeback kid"! Mr. Brown won this round...but, there will be another battle standing upright!ReplyDelete
Jay ~ If these can't be fixed, I will be saving up for some lower end Simms...I really like their reinforced knees. But, we will see what the patch system can do for me first.ReplyDelete
Great story...sorry it turned out like it did. Knees will heal, the waders should be able to be fixed. (don't forget to call Patagonia first to see if they'll do a pro repair, cheap)bruised ego will fade. Three questions. Didn't you check your drag when you got the reel? Will you ever forgive me for the smile on my face right now? And third, were you wearing your fleece?ReplyDelete
Howie ~ Now, let's start with the fleece. And why it is a smart thing to wear under your waders...besides warmth, they did protect me from worse injury because of the extra cushion. In fact, they even soaked up the one dab of blood. : ) The drag on this reel has only been tested for small brookies, so I thought everything was fine from the original setting. But, now that I have tried to adjust...it doesn't do anything! And, yes...I deserve that smile.Delete
Nothing to be embarrassed about! Nothing at all. That's something you'll never forget! Sure, it would have been better (in some ways) if you'd landed him, but just knowing you fooled him and had him on is awesome!ReplyDelete
On the reel - it's got a drag or just a clicker? I've seen reels with clickers that had a "drag knob" and I never have been able to figure out why?! If you're going to be taking on fish that big, I'd say hang on just a little while and I'll let you know how the drag is in the new Wind River reel. I doubt we'll get much on it tomorrow - but in the weeks ahead, I should have some bass put it through it's paces!
Glad you are relatively ok! Sorry knees!
Owl ~ I have been pretty happy with my catches on soft hackles as of late... Sigh... No clicker. It is a disc drag. Maybe I will hang on to it a while longer until you do a full review on the WR...then, exchange. Thanks, Owl.Delete
Ouch! But this one you'll remember for years to come and that patch will be like a cool scar. Glad your okay!ReplyDelete
I gotta' hand it to you, RD, your one tough fisher gal. I learned long ago that no fish is worth serious injury or even worse. I guess I am just not the risk taker anymore! Let's hope your waders are fixable and you can spend your hard earned dollar on more fishing gear that you need, and, ouch ointment and bandaids, and....ReplyDelete
I'll take all the mishaps and the agony for a chance to tie into a brown like that. Heck I might even take a broke fly rod instead of a bum drag system. You are due for a reprieve.
Glad to hear you are OK. Icy water is a scary thing when balance fails.ReplyDelete
I thought the drag was messed up on one of my reels and then I realized I'm left handed and the drag adjustment was making it harder to reel in... (:
Sorry about the waders! I've heard patagonia is really good about helping fix/replace equipment if you decide to send it back.ReplyDelete
I played goal for the hockey team in college and I can tell you, sometime it doesn't matter how much or what kind of equipment you have on. Sometime you are going to come away bruised one way or another. it sounds like you managed the situation very well considering the circumstances. Good luck with the patching!
Kevin - I am just hoping that this cool patch is the only one I get for awhile! Lol.ReplyDelete
Mel - Maybe it's time that I start being a little more picky! But, when I see the river, something just comes over me! No more risks...I promise!
Bill - Yes, there will be a reprieve...but, let's wait for at least another week...shall we? ; )ReplyDelete
Matt - Balance in any kind of water is tricky, hence I got some new studs for my boots! And they have been awesome. But, nothing was going to help this time with the moss underneath and that fish pulling like a freight train!
D Nash - I appreciate that. No need for knee guards? Ok... I will just hang out in the pools waiting for my dry fly to be eaten! No...that's not me. Maybe a little more fishing from the bank though! : )ReplyDelete
I think that sounds like a truly epic battle! Generally people say they caught a big fish and it put up a great fight, but how many of them can actually say the fish fought so hard that it made them bleed?!ReplyDelete
I think you have set the new standard for what it takes to call it an epic battle.
What was the fly of choice on that big brown beast??
Nick - I was swinging a soft hackle...partridge with a red zebra midge size 20. CRAZY! YeahReplyDelete
..epic is right.
We're all friends here RD, if you trip and fall there is no need to come up with some sort of outlandish story about a trout so big it pulled you over. :)ReplyDelete
Oh, Clif! Believe me, I wouldn't tell this story to anyone but friends!! And second of all, I can't write...so, this must have happened! Haha. Seriously, I wasn't going to post it. But, by posting it, my soul is cleansed now from any further bad luck with this err...reel? Or my bad balance. I'm going to miss your blog... Good luck to you and hope that you stop by every once in awhile! : )ReplyDelete
Bruised knees and egos...sounds like a typical day on the water for me...ha!ReplyDelete
sometimes it just isn't meant to be. One day a trout has you 150 yards downstream, the next he's resting comfortably in the bottom of your net. Glad you came out of it alright, could have been worse.
until next time :-)
Sanders ~ The waders are being glued and patched at the fly shop, the back-up reel was fixed, and the knee is healing. I'm just going to chalk it up to another RD adventure and look forward to the next! (And hopefully have a better outcome! Ha) Thanks, bud...glad to know I have good company in the bruises dept.) : )ReplyDelete