January Gems on the Upper Sac

A winter gem

I escaped for a winter afternoon on the Upper Sac, was driving downriver when I noticed an exit I fish regularly in summer and fall but have never sampled in winter as flows are always too high.  The runs were in perfect condition but for the first hour I couldn’t get a touch.  Changing flies I moved upstream.  I finally got a tick on a soft hackle PT and a couple casts later my first fish.  A couple more casts produced what I first thought was a huge fish then realized I had hooked a branch.  Trying to free my flies the branch swam downstream to the shallow tailout, exposing a very large fish, me running in hot pursuit.   I reached down to land her and she bolted down a fast water chute, a bit camera shy perhaps.

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