I fished on Veterans Day and want to give a shout out to all those who have served, or are serving, to protect our freedom. People like Damon Matus and Dan Wells, fellow blog team members, are an inspiration.
Well, if you follow this blog, you might remember my usual drill these days: a 3:30 am alarm in order to be at the Farmington before dawn to throw large articulated streamers.
The bite has progressively slowed down. My first outing produced 13 takes. Then, five. Yesterday? Just one.
You know that going in. It is “go big or go home.” The good news is that the one take resulted in a one fish that made it all worth while.
This is a truly grizzled veteran of a fish. Dark all around and an alpha fish through and through.
Unfortunately, it was missing the maxillary sections of its jaw on both sides. (I hope everyone is pinching down their barbs at the Farmington TMA sections.) But, it otherwise looked healthy.
And, the fight was short. A benefit of a seven-weight rod and 12# tippet is that you can quickly bring in a fish.
And, this is the same fish that Damon caught last year, which shows that C&R works. Repeat business.
The brown looked skinny, likely a post-spawn fish. I hope it lives a long time and will produce powerful progeny.
I hope everyone had a great weekend.