Thanks for the report for us guys in the office! It certainly sounds like a hell of a ride! Congrats on the beautiful fish. I always love it when the fly outfishes the gear, especially when they ask "you ever catch anything with that?", and then you take home all the bacon. Awesome!
Josh, I usually fish an 8 weight starting in mid-July but I dropped some coin this Spring and picked up a 9'6" 7 weight Sage One...it is a super sweet rod and even with the Nook I felt it had the power to maintain good pressure on the fish. I'm glad I made the invesment.