Originally Posted by joshuanoerr
Yeah, I don't like losing flies, I can't imagine what would happen if I lost a finger!
Too funny by half! Couple of years ago (well, make that three now that the Spring King season is just kicking into gear) I did something I haven't done in years ... put on 15# test Maxima main line for 'tippet.'
One of the few times I ever thought I'd get spooled with a 10wt (Scott?) 15' rod. For context, Fishing for these guys (they can easily go over 20#) I do use a full on drag reel (in this case a 12/13 Reddington which is one hell of a big reel) and a full sink line set up.
Hook fish (strongly suspect foul hooked the South end of a North bound train) and 'he' turned and ran, and ran, and ran, and I had zero place to go. Last of the 120' of line went off the reel, then 100 foot of 30# shooting line, then better part of 50-75 yards of 30# backing gone in less than 20 seconds.
Rod pointed directly down stream and I stuck my arm between the out going backing and rod; did a quick wrap around as I was being spooled.
The line cut through my coat sleeve like a hot knife through butter.
But it was enough; PING!
Simply amazing what it takes to bust 15# Maxima 'anything.'
Those are the fish you remember.