Honestly, I am almost too tired to blog. Fished for 10 hours. Caught many fish but had to work for them. A day for quality over quantity, targeting larger fish, and, for a time, unsuccessfully floating emergers and dries and swinging wets.
The two most memorable fish includes the 14.5″ brown below. With the red elastomer behind its left eye, this is a two-year old that was just stocked this spring.
The fish of the trip, and the year, is below. 17.5″ of pure muscle. I do not recall a fish fighting harder or being more wily. Pulled line from the reel multiple times and at a blistering pace. The orange elastomer behind the left eye means it was either stocked in 2014 or 2015 (schedule is here).