Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: S Ontario rivers plus various lakes for warm water species.
Congratulations on your ride with such a fish. I enjoyed watching as the guide tried to keep the fish in front of you SpeyPuppy. Better luck next time.
One thing to consider when using a single action reel with or without a drag, would be to only wind to gain line and 'pump' the fish, if as and when you can. Leave the handle and keep the palm of your hand on the rim of the reel (if it has one) in order to keep pressure on the fish and so it can run under pressure when needed.
I was concerned that no one in the boat was wearing a life jacket in a craft with a high deck and shallow sides in a powerful and fast river. We had the token, somewhat tired, 'life preservers' on the backs of the chairs, which are useless if the boat would have turned at such a pitch that one of those in the boat would fall in, especially those standing up. The Dean looks to be a powerful river with a heavy flow as was mentioned.
If this is a professional guide then inflatable style collar life jackets should be mandatory (and worn) for all on board, especially the novice client. Signing a waiver form will not save your life.
The skipper at the tiller moving about as he did ideally should have left the help of Spey Puppy to the other fellow. I realise that then we would not then have had the film to watch.. Also ideally, the skipper could have had his motor kill switch attached to his life jacket and concentrated on manoevering the boat.
As an aside, with my experience of shallow, boat fishing for Lake Ontario chinooks, I am not sure if your fish would have fitted in the net offered. Having boated salmon to 34lbs myself, I would not even consider hand lining on such a large fish- far too hazardous.
Anyway, 'nuff said. Better luck next time Spey Puppy.
Last edited by MHC; 07-17-2016 at 08:43 PM.