A big thank you goes out to Jonn "The Stream Stalker" Graham and Nate "The Lake Doctor" Herman for hosting a great event. Hooked on Fishing Park in East Peoria is gearing up for a huge year and Saturday's fund raising event was a spectacular success. If you missed it (again) please make sure you come out when the opportunity arises again. Click here for additional pictures from this year's event.
Confession time: I'm an ornery devil. About the big trout showed the other day, there are a couple things you should know. I did not lie...but maybe there were some facts left out and specific words intentionally avoided.
First, I'll be honest and say I foul hooked it. Secondly, I'm pretty sure I don't care. Fishing in a trout pond while sharing shore space with an automatic feeder isn't exactly the epitome of all that makes fly fishing regal. So I snagged it, I don't care. I didn't do it intentionally and it made for a superior fight. It felt like reeling in a sideways semi-truck.
Thirdly, I have no idea how big the fish was. I didn't measure it, I didn't weigh it and my previous post was just a dirty trick to get an idea of it's size. I posed the question to get some expert opinion from those who probably know trout better than me. I was a little amazed at the amount of feedback and judging from your comments, I'm guessing it was 23-25 inches and 5(ish) pounds. You're all winners in my book.
Thirdly, I "caught" that fish on Clif's Crawdad. A fellow long-rodder named Brian enjoyed tremendous success catching trout with a crawdad pattern. I finally twisted his arm enough to learn the secret - actually he gave it up easily with a smile. Luckily, I'm fully stocked up for the new season and happened to bring along a handful of crawdads. The fact I snagged a fish with a crawdad amazes me a little. I was fishing the fly extremely slow on the bottom and somehow still managed to snag a fish.
And fourthly, after hours upon hours of fighting free software, here is the video. Not yet in HD due to Vimeo's restrictions on free accounts. Come Monday, it'll be all right - I'll replace with the HD version.