It took a size 20 soft hackle. The fish was hooked just on the outside of the mouth, and I feel lucky that the hook held.
The fish sprinted away upon release.
It was a great way to break in the new fly rod.
Last, the stockies went wild for the purple streamer I tied up earlier this week. I’m not that familiar with streamers. Perhaps, any streamer color would have worked on new stockies?<
Nevertheless, it was fun to feel the takes. I lost a few when they popped off the barbless hook. But, I’m fine with that. I’ve gone all-barbless, as it’s much easier on the fish and easier for me to extract hooks. It’s also required in certain areas of the Farmington.