Got home after work last Thursday and decided to head over to the White to mess around for a couple of hours off the bank, even though they were generating water around 12,000 cfs… Found a current break and caught a few Rainbow Trout and White Bass on 1/16 zig jigs. I threw a 1/8 ounce zig jig and a jerkbait for a while, but they seemed to favor the 1/16 ounce jig. After the bite in the first spot slowed, I walked upstream and found another current break and cast right behind the break. I started to pump my rod, and it doubled over. The fish pulled 30 yards of line off my reel and then jumped out of the water. It was a good Brown. It made some more runs downstream, and I had to chase it a ways before I landed it. It measured 24.75 ” and had me pretty nervous in that flow with 4 lb test. Got my shoes soaked, but it was worth it.
I caught I few Rainbows and a Brook Trout in the same spot before it got dark and I headed home.
Went out the next morning in the same general area and waded for a few hours. The flow was around 2500 cfs most of the time. Had about 10 Rainbows in the first few hours after sunup on a 1/16 ounce zig jig. I had a couple of Rainbows in the 15″ range, but hadn’t hooked any big trout. I waded out to a spot that was somewhat sketchy wading and cast my jig into a run. I pumped my rod and it doubled over, and the fish started to go nuts, it changed direction on me and ran downstream so fast I thought the jig popped out at first. Once I caught up to the fish, It just ran straight downstream and my drag was just buzzing. I started to chase it downstream and got to an area that had fast deep water on all three sided of me, so I was stuck there. The trout eventually stopped running downstream some, and I tried to gain some line…. It just ran straight downstream again. I started to see my spool, so I tightened the drag sand it didn’t even slow it down. It eventually peeled off all my line and broke the line at the spool. I walked back to my truck with no line on my reel, mumbling to myself…..
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