I started a long over due vacation this morning with a trip to one of my favorite Searun beaches. I have been working on swinging flatwings a lot lately and started the morning with that tactic. I landed a couple small Searuns and missed 3-4 hard strikes... I seem to miss the strip set quite a bit when swinging flies. The strikes always catch me off guard. School after school of bait had been passing by and it was obviously getting hammered by cutthroat, but I wasn't enticing them. The water finally set up so nicely with a current rip and slightly nervous water that I had to switch over to topwater. A school of bait went by and I cast my slider just in front of them. The current started to pull my slider and I saw a big wake form behind the fly. I kept stripping faster and faster until the cutthroat exploded from the water, crushing the fly. I realized quickly that this was a huge fish. I finally coaxed it close enought to get a glimpse, and I realized that this was the biggest Cutthroat I'd ever had on. Several panicked minutes later I eased this beauty into the net. Then I really started to shake! Grinning ear to ear I took a couple photos and watched this perfect Puget Sound trophy swim away. The bow on the net is 18" when measured inside. This fish easily broke 19" and was as healthy and fat as I've ever seen. Vacation has started out pretty good.