That's about how much gear I lost when my rod went overboard today. Oh, and it gets better. I did this a couple of years ago at Pass and managed to recover the rod as the floating line was still near surface. Not this time, no floating line, no rod recovered, but... I've never been to this wetside lake but had it on radar the last couple of seasons from earlier research. There was the possibility of some very old browns, a long-shot at best, but enough to give me the itch. I figured if I waited any longer these fish would simply get too old and my shot would be gone. Nice lake as it turned out, however nothing but little rainbows for several hours while the midges popped. The lake also had some of the nastiest cover I'd seen in a long time along its shoreline, but a bit of sampling told me any action would be had in the open where the midges were coming up. OK fine, I was here for the first time and it was entirely possible those browns were long gone. For now I'll get familiar with the place and hopefully visit another few times. Perhaps luck would pay me a visit eventually. Another turn at the midge hatch and I'll call it a day. Still flipping the leech, a couple more little rainbows, then THUMP....bounce-bounce-bounce...by then I was taking it for a triploid. A very stubborn triploid. A deep diving triploid. A triploid I couldn't lift (and I'm dumb enough to be out here with a sprained wrist). Then it came up and its tail broke the surface as it waived. Shit. That's no rainbow. And it's one of the biggest browns I've seen. Guess they were still here after all. I wasn't feeling good about my odds of landing it, and shore was too far away. Nose to the net trick was about all I could try and today it worked. The flip, the bearhug, the wrestling match and finally good fortune was mine. 26.5 and lots of energy. Too big to be cruising for midges I thought. Then again, probably just right to cruise for whatever feeds on midges. After putting it back all was right with the world. Well, except that in all the chaos my rod had quietly snuck overboard. Gone for good. Idiot. And I did this once before at Pass. F#cking Idiot. If nothing else, I still say it was worth it. At least I'm a happy idiot.