I went to a local tailwater here below Brookville Lake in SE Indiana. I've been fishing there a few times this summer. Water temps in the upper 50's even though the air temp is up around 100 here this week. Wet wading is a joy when it's this hot.
Anyway, I hooked up with the largest brown I've ever caught. Unfortunately, it broke my line as I was reaching for the net. I'm not great at estimating fish size while they're still under water, but as it swam past my boot on one of its runs, I am guessing it about 17-18" and very fat.
Even though it was a hands free release, I'm still counting it I had it on the line for about 3 minutes or so. Seemed like longer as it was fighting, but in reality, it was probably about 3 minutes.
For me, it was a real pig. I know a lot of guys catch larger, but it was the biggest trout I've ever had on the line.
To make it even better, it was my first time on the water with my new rod. I just picked up a Scott G2 9'' 5wt. It's a sweet casting rod for sure. The tippet break was my fault as I didn't anticipate the fish's last run. I was using 6X tippet and it snapped at the fly.
Oh well, it is still in there and I"m going to get it next time.
What a rush.