It all started when I left my net at home...on purpose. I want to learn how to effectively wear a fish down and control them for a beached landing. Great idea, but after the 5th or 6th fish to LDR I was getting frustrated. The run that I was fishing had a very slow head water, slightly fast mid-water and faster tail-out. The fish were all holding in the mid-to-tail-out water. So when I would hook one they would immediately run up and try to shake me off (never gets old watching a fish that size do that right in front of you). Most of the time I can manage keeping them on durring the fight but I have trouble getting them to the shallower head-water for a landing when they begin to tire out. This means they start to roll downstream in the stronger current and at that point I may as well put a postal stamp on them and say goodbye. I am using a 9' 7wt medium/fast rod and always keep my rod tip up. Out of my 2 days on the river I was able to land one 34" hen....becaue a guy with a net saw that I needed help . Yep.