A rookies log.

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Something I would like to add to this is the importance in line management. When I hooked that bull trout I had a lot of slack line hanging around. There was a point while reeling in slack line that I felt like I lost the fish. Lesson here is keep you line as slack free as possible constantly. I learned a valuable lesson from that.
 
I feel like I should add on to what I just said.

A really hot, tough fish will take care of that slack for you, all by itself.

If you are reeling in slack line, I think that's a waste of time. If the fish you are fighting isn't taking line on you, then just pull it in. It doesn't necessarily have to be reeled in to count.

This was a good lesson I learned on the beaches this year. I lost a few salmon because I was trying to reel in slack line when instead I should have just been hand lining them and fighting them into the beach. So now, my mantra is: "Make it earn the reel." If I hook a fish, especially beach fishing for salmon where you tend to end up with LOTS of slack line, I don't even touch the reel unless the fish gets to it on its own.

J
 
By the way my order for that Sage reel is not going to work out due to lack of backing capacity. I am going to go ahead and pull the trigger on that Guru reel. However, I wont be able to do it till next week so I may not be hitting this rivers this weekend.
 
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