Congratulations to Paul Edwards on successfully playing a fine 7lb (est.) fish.
“It was the first really cold day of the winter and my hands and toes were numb. I had caught one that morning, a three pound rainbow, but approaching midday I had no further luck. So I changed positions, put on a fresh 9 foot leader (7lb leeda tapered) and a new fly, a flexi bloodworm as recommended by the fishery owner Pete.
I then fished a slow sink/draw retrieve near the margins on intermediate line. Using a 7# rod and line. After the third cast I saw a subtle take on the drop, which I lifted into and hooked. After the first run I knew it was a good fish. It took almost 10 minutes to get it to the net, no jumps, always down deep and making strong powerful runs. Roger ( a flycasting instructor who happened to be practising at the lake that day) netted the trout and returned it safely and quickly to the lake to fight another day.”