upstream and missed a few fish. I wanted to cover some water, so I worked downstream and got into a few fish. I then worked a little further down river to some relatively non-descript water and hooked into a really nice Brown. I had a 15 foot leader, a 4 weight rod, and 6x tippet off the stone fly. The Brown was on the bottom fly. I played him for a while - it was fast water and I was on the bank. I walked downstream along the bank trying to get him into slower water near the bank. I got him close a few times - close enough to see that it was a really big brown, but I couldn't get him close enough to get a shot at netting him. After a few minutes, I jumped in the water, and tried to tire him out. I worked him back and forth, and let him run when he wanted. I waded down river, which turned out to be a mistake. He got to a spot in the river with a bucket. The fish hit the bucket, and bolted down stream. SNAP! I was about as mad as I have ever been losing a fish. I figured that was my best shot at a huge Madison River Brown. I went and sat down for about five minutes and debated on going back to the car. I gathered my spirits, rigged back up with 5x, and crossed the river to a little island. From there, I proceeded to catch fish. They were not browns, and they weren't huge, but they were all very nice fish. I ended up with 10 in about an hour that were in the 16-18 inch range.
Till next time.