The smallmouth of my dreams got away today. I would've released it anyway. I was on the Elk River in Missouri today. I've been getting skunked lately and figured to hit some better water. I ran into a guy who was wearing jeans and a t-shirt. He was drenched. I didn't ask why but we got to talking about that stretch of river. When I see other people, I usually take off the other direction. Today, he was already where I wanted to be. He was catching some bass on a fluke. I joined him and started landing bass on Elk Hair hoppers and foam popping bugs. Nothing big. Mostly 10 -12 inches. I finally started catching larger stuff that was about 1 pound. The other guy landed a nice bass about 2 lbs. I wanted to show this guy what I was capable of with a fly rod. I switched to a Clouser and landed a big bass - kind of landed it.
I downsized from a smart phone to the prepaid LG420g. It wasn't until today that I took pictures. I found out that even though it has Bluetooth and a USB port, the photos cannot be downloaded. GRRR.
I hooked what may be the biggest bass I have ever had on the rod. It was a smallie that had to have weighed almost 4 lbs. I fought this guy for a while. At one point, he was belly up up. The line had tangled in a fin. As I tried to get a grip on him, he took off again. This time, he was tangled a bit within the fly line and the leader was tightening on the fly line. I tried to reign him in again but it was a mess with the line. I grabbed a hold of the leader, swung him up out of the water to grab his mouth and he flopped out of my grip and once I grabbed the leader and made it tight, the line snapped. She was a beauty.
I was mad because I didn't get a picture but as it turns out, I didn't matter because I can't post it. I'm currently researching forums for info.
It's such a beautiful day!!!!!!!