Rick picked me up at 7:00 AM as we we had planned the night before. I was ready and waiting outside when he pulled up. We have known each other from the internet for a few months now but this was the first time we had met in person. He seemed to be pretty normal so I hopped in his truck and we headed for Wisconsin.
When I made it to the big pool I noticed that it wasn't as big as I remembered from a few years back. It seemed like it was 7-8 feet deep before and now it had filled in to the point where it was barely four feet deep in the deepest part. The head of the pool still looked somewhat promising as the water surface was rippled from water flowing in from the run above.
Rick appeared and asked me if I had caught any yet. As soon as I replied that I hadn't a medium sized Brown took my bugger and started to fight. Then he became unhooked. Rick looked at me. "There's more in there!", I said as I flipped my bugger back out there.
"I got one and It's big!" I yelled as Rick jumped in the water to help and watch. After catching a glimpse I said, "I don't think it's a trout". It seemed so big and powerful but the Avid 7 weight wasn't backing down and neither was I. I kept steady pressure on her and hoped that the double surgeons knot that I had tied to join the 3X Tippet to the 12 pound fluorocarbon would hold. There are so many things that can go wrong when you are David battling Goliath. If I hooked this trout 10 times it might win the fight 9 times but not this time. Not this fight, not today, today I keep tension on the line, today my knot will hold, today I am the greatest trout fisherman in the world. This is my time! That trout's time is done! It's over! I'm sick and tired of hearing how much fight a trophy trout can put up! "This is my time!" I yelled as I scooped that trout up into the net.
As soon as I land a trophy the first thing I do is make sure that they were hooked in the mouth. I didn't have to worry about that this time.
The Beadhead Olive Rubberlegged Woolly Bugger that I tie on a size 2 DAIICHI 2461 hook rarely lets me down.
A Rainbow Trout to complete the Poor Man's Grand Slam!
Rick caught a Brook Trout.