Spotted this fish sitting deep in an upstream pool and there was no way he could have seen me on the bank, hiding behind some bushes. But he suddenly lurched downstream and faced me, before swimming away nonchalantly. This happens sometimes, especially with the larger fish. They just seem to have some sort of super-fish sensory abilities. Anyway, I moved on and fished my way upstream for some hours. When heading back in the afternoon I decided to sneak up to the pool again, this time more carefully, to see if he was still there. And sure enough, there he was, but this time higher in the water and feeding back and forth. Mostly on nymphs, but then also something on the surface. The fantail birds were also active, picking off emerging mayflies. There was a nice little hatch going on and the previously super spooky trout was obviously now having it's dinner. As with humans, there's only so much a trout can think about at one given time, especially when eating dinner.
It was a tricky cast between some bushes, and I would only have a couple of meters of good drift before I had to yank my flies out again to avoid getting stuck. I checked the leader, 4x tippet and my dry-dropper combo and then made my cast. It was just right and the fish took the #14 PTN, then headed straight down between some boulders after I set the hook. A mad struggle ensued, as I had to pull the fish out of its hole. Then it went into the weeds, but I managed to pull it out from there too, before landing it in a small eddy. The barbless hook came out by itself, and after a quick photoshot the fish was back into it's hiding hole in the pool. It was not a trophy fish, but one I will always remember. And look, it was almost spotless!
When so many things could have gone wrong, it's nice to have a bit of luck! 👌🤸😃
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