Ladin and Steve are in the upper reaches of the famed Elk River in British Columbia, and fly fishing for Cutthroat Trout. After taking a brief respite from a passing storm they return for a couple of hours fishing in the evening sun. The river is fast flowing here so they start by focusing on the likely looking pools where fish should be holding. Ladin finds a nice piece of slack water where a tributary joins, drifting a dry down the seam, and is soon into a small but punchy Cuttie. Ladin and Steve move upstream where the water is quieter and they notice a good hatch of mayflies, with both spinners and duns around, so Steve tries some speculative covering of the water. In an instant, he gets a beautiful head and tail rise to his Purple Haze mayfly and a big Cutthroat is on. In fact not only is it big, but it's the biggest either Steve or Ladin have ever seen so there's huge relief when it comes to the net and they can revel in this stunning fish. They're obviously in a good area with big fish around that are confidently taking mayflies so Ladin is keen to see if he can get in on the action. It isn't long before another big fish is spotted and Ladin covers it with instant success, as the big Cutty sucks down his imitation. Surely Ladin and Steve can't both catch personal best Cutthroat Trout on the same day from the magical Elk River?
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