I did some fishing with my friend Peter, who has started Devils Creek Outfitters, and we got into some big fish. Unfortunately, all my big fish got away. We were fishing a stretch of the Lake Fork that has great deep holes cut into the cliffs along the river, and at one of these holes we spotted a huge rainbow, and I immediately cast to him. Well, the monster rainbow turned for my fly, ate it, and I set the hook. Snap! The line broke immediately. I was devastated and confused as I could only watch the fish try to shake my fly free.
In the excitement of seeing the monster rainbow, I had completely forgotten that I had just extracted my fly from some rocks after a fish had managed to get me hung up. Not only had I been hung on the rocks, but the fish was still on the line, diligently sawing through my leader until he eventually came off. I couldn't believe that I had been so careless and had missed a great chance at a huge fish.
I had several other big fish (over 20 inches) later that afternoon, but I couldn't get them to the net either. Overall, it was an exciting day even if it was marred by "the one that got away" several times over.
|Pretty rainbow on the Lake Fork. He would have been a nice snack for the monster.|
|A nice, dark rainbow on the Lake Fork|
|Lake Fork of the Gunnison|
|Peter fishing a run along the cliff face|
|Sunset on the river|