big ole rainbow has the blues
by Jackson Dockery
a size 16-18 hook, don't know the exact size, with a cheap craft store bead, peacock hurl thorax, and of course, the key ingredient, an abdomen made of blue fly yarn dubbing.
Sorry for the terrible picture, my phones close up quality is terrible.
The fish: THIS THING WAS A MONSTER!!! it was getting towards the end of the day, and I felt something grab the fly, I set the hook and could immediately feel its strength, it commenced to dive, and then my line went slack. I had lost the fish...I thought. the fish broke the surface tension of the water as I struggled to take in the line quick enough. He made 4 more huge leaps, before trying to take me down a shoal, this wasn't his first rodeo. I realized what he was trying to do, and scrambled to block his path. He turned back into clearer, deeper water before making a second go at the rapids, he was successful this time, and I thought I would surely loose him. I ran down the bank with him, and managed to net him at the next pool, about 40 yards from where I had first hooked him! I measured his length, 21 inches which was big, but his girth was a whopping 16 inches, this thing was a pig! I truly believe had I not been fishing a blue fly he may not have hit, as this particular spot I was fishing gets a lot of pressure, and this was something he had never seen before.
I estimate this fish weighted around 6-7 pounds, and the formula((21(16x16))/800) says 6.72 pounds, all measurements aside, this was a giant fish
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” - Benjamin Franklin
"Be sure in casting, that your fly fall first into the water, for if the line fall first, it scares or frightens the fish..." -
Col. Robert Venables 1662
As age slows my pace, I will become more like the heron.
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
Beware of the Dogma