I love an amazing trophy as much as the next guy. If you visit the greatwhitehunter blog regularly, you will see scores of giant big game and fishing trophies. But for me, when I am in the wild, most of the time, the scenery, adventure, people and…well, just the overall experience is what makes it the great outdoors. Add a great fish or big game animal to the equation, and you have memories that will last a lifetime.
Today, I came across the website for Noel Gyer Guided Fishing Adventures in British Columbia, Canada. http://noelgyger.ca/ I could immediately see myself lofting a fly over a lazy river in a deep forested gorge. Hooking up on an old lunker. Feeling the adrenaline surge as the battle to move the Steelhead or Chinook to shore replaced the concerns of daily life even if just for an hour. I got a chuckle at the photo above and the guide with a cigar hanging out of his mouth.
The site, while not overly glossy, has one page that is full of photography and fish that will make any fisherman long for a day on the river http://www.noelgyger.ca/photos-of-the-week.htm
This fish is particularly special. The fisherman, Annti, from Finland, caught what may be a new fly caught world record Steelhead. He was fishing with Steelhead Heaven on the Skeena River Tributary.
I loved this quote, “When he hooked this monster it flew out of the water four times and across the raging river, he then put the brakes on this hog with his single hander 9wt and brought it to the slow edge of the downstream side of the pool, when the guide landed it he could not believe the size of this guy and was shaking as it came to the net hoping it would be landed.”
Annti, had an entire film crew that captured the moment in HD. His personal previous record was a Steelhead weighing in at 20 pounds. This monster was just one of seven Steelhead Annti landed that day. This impressive world record Steelhead weighed in at an unfathomable 30 pounds.