Originally Posted by fredaevans
Oddest fish I never hooked, but landed was a more than a few years back. Fishing on a SW Washington stream and this particular bit of water isn't all that wide, but deeper than heck. Re-strung the single hander with a 300 grain Teeny head line and off we go.
A few casts into this and line stops, rod begins to 'throb;' set the hook and fish on! End game is I've just about got the fish to the surface and I look at my leader .... and the whole darned thing (my fly included) is out of the water!
What I'd hooked was someone else's busted off fish. Only thing I can think of is the guy broke his line and the lead (a goodly chunk) had stuck between a couple of rocks on the bottom. My fly caught the leader, pulled the lead off the bottom and away we go.
Happened to me too, only I hooked a piece of dead brush. As I was pulling on it, I noticed that the brush was fighting. To make a long story short, I snagged a brush to which was attached a gnarl of mono. This had somehow gotten tangled with line attached to a Copper John that had somehow snagged the brown in the nether regions.
I cut the mono line, and let the brown go, still attached to her Copper John jewelry.