If you have the time to hear the set up to the situation, please watch part #1 as this is almost identical – found here: https://vimeo.com/147050059 This video, best described as a most unlikely second go, occurs three hours after Part 1. Part 1 was filmed on our way downstream and 3 hours later we found ourselves walking past the exact same run, almost looking at the exact same rocks. And, in a “this won’t ever happen again” scenario, there were two new fish holding where we’d taken the two fish on the way downstream.
A few things to note of the film include: Amelia’s fish likely took on her first cast. The second cast is placed just as the fish is returning to its lie as the fish is higher in the water column. The idea was to induce a take while the fish is still up and active, which almost worked. Her third cast gets the take, however, Dave called out to ‘set’ on a hunch, not 100% but sure he’d seen the white of the mouth. The delayed set is likely what led to a dropped fish. Dave’s fish, while hard to see, took twice as well. Look for the white of the mouth and roll of the body as the hook set is missed. Thankfully it too took a second time.
We share the video of the fight of this fish to share a different style of fighting fish in a large, heavy water situation. The fish bolts down and across and screams upstream into Dave’s backing. Note that while the fish is on the heavy, far side of the current Dave’s rod is high. This is to keep as little of the heavy current on the line as possible, so that only the fish and rod connect, lessening the pressure on the set hook and tippet to avoid an inadvertent break off. As the fish comes to the soft side of flow, the sideways pressure is then used to attempt to bring the fish in. It bolts again but thankfully comes to net. Usually a fish that fights like this is foul hooked but this one was just a long, healthy brown with big strong fins that used the heavy current to its advantage.