Last Tuesday Emma and I spent the day fishing with a guide on the San Juan river in northwest New Mexico. Just after we set into the river and Brian, our guide, had Emma rigged with two #20 nymphs on her 5 wt. fly rod she commented "there's a nice one". Brian and I were just yakking while he set up my rig so he told her to go ahead and cast out. You should know that we fished the Juan with Brian a year ago so we are not strangers and that Emma caught a nice 5 pounder while fishing with Brian's boss, Chris last year. While Brian and I chatted Emma shot about 20' of line out and the next thing we heard was that wonderful singing of the fly reel that means a nice fish is running like hell. 15 LONG minutes later she got her fish up to Brian and he had it in the net. This whole thing happened right at the set in point and there were about 8 guide boats with clients who had hung around to see what would happen while this cute 9 year old girl fought what was obviously a nice fish. The result (see pictures) was what Brian said was the biggest fish of the season. According to him and based on his 9 years of guiding on the river only 10% of all clients could have put this fish in the boat on the tackle we were using. I'm glad I didn't have to find out if I was in the same class. The measurements were 23.5" in length with a 15" girth. Based on the standard formula for determining the weight of a trout (girth squared x length divided by 800 ) the fish was 6.6 pounds but several guides put the weight at over 7 pounds. This was a completely unassisted catch from sight to cast to set to fight to net. (My emphasis)This girl is a scary good fisherman. I only hope she keeps taking me with her. The rest of the day wasn't bad ...we caught and released 20 fish, the smallest a 17" brown with 6 rainbows 20" or better. At least half of the total and the biggest of the day were Emma's.
This story isn't exactly My World but it sure is a great story to share with the world! (Or at least a little piece of it.)
WAY TO GO EMMA!