BigSteel birthday bash on the Mckenzie River..

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Dave and I went out on a drift for his birthday and what a day it was!

Slow fishing, no bugs, and sub par weather didn't stop us. Dave caught a great fiesty cuttie, then the gloves came OFF......

I was sick of the snickering about my 3wt, time to show Dave and OneMuleTeam(Karl) what that tiny 3wt could do!

Fish ON..."it's a big one"

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"I don't know if you can get this in"

This pig kept running and running. We were in swift water, this was no back eddie fight.

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No horsing this one in, it was all about consistant side pressure.

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GOT IT!

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After making sure she was ok and breathing after the battle, glory time!

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17"-18" fattty McKenzie River Redside!

She rested a bit in the current then was ready to swim OFF to drop her eggs and make more memories for the future!

Thanks Dave, it was awesome to spend your birthday on the water and giving me a chance to make this lasting memory!

Hands down the hardest fighting trout ever..
 
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NICE! This makes me want to take my boat over there and do a float. I'm ashamed to say I live extremely close to this river, 20 minutes, and hardly ever fish it anymore. You guys give me motivation to reconnect with it.
 
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NICE pics bro,,im glad u picked up the fatty on your 3 weight that was great watching u fight that pretty lady.....nothin like a birthday float with good friends.i can't wait to do it again......definitely the hardest fighting trout in the valley IMO...that fish is gorgeous,the pics turned out great.....:clap::clap:
 
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NICE! This makes me want to take my boat over there and do a float. I'm ashamed to say I live extremely close to this river, 20 minutes, and hardly ever fish it anymore. You guys give me motivation to reconnect with it.

if i lived in your area i would be on that river all year long,,small light fly rods make these fatties feel like a steelhead...c u saturday jeanna
 
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NICE! This makes me want to take my boat over there and do a float. I'm ashamed to say I live extremely close to this river, 20 minutes, and hardly ever fish it anymore. You guys give me motivation to reconnect with it.

Seee what your missin? Sunday....Mckenzie...we really have to go.......look at eggs' rod....sweet....
 
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Man it was hard work to get that fish..... I worked harder for that fish then any other fish period! It was insane, we all were holding our breath and we all thought she was going to unbutton a few times..
 
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Oh yeah gonna be a good weekend :) I apologize in advance though....
 
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Great post...loved the pictures. Now how you gonna beat this on his next Birthday??:clap:;)
Thanks for the pictures it made me remember my days on the Mac.:clap::clap:

Chuck
 
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I would be down to drag the drifter down on Sunday if the river is in shape..
 
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Nice fish!!! There is no better present for your bday than fighting that fish!!! congrats!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
 
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NICE FISH! That'll be a headliner for sure! Guess now you'll need to email pictures to your buddy at the fly shop in Korea.
 
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Great report..... I have a birthday soon..... October is soon, Right? It looks almost as fun as I have with my 4wt. I really need to get my drift boat on water where I can catch fish like that.
 
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awesome specimen of the mack!!!
 
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Lol been waiting to hear of a big fish on that lil rod knew it was only time. Nice job on getting it in love the bent rod pics....
 
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