Unfortunately, the night was coming to an end but my Larry's Pride had 1 piece of magic left as it swung in the current, Wallop! I was into a good fish and quickly let Glen know it. The 1st run took me upstream and was a case of me hanging on gingerly to protect my 3.2lb tippet and I remember thinking I'm glad I chose the Sage TCR as the old bamboo might have struggled a little with this lunker. After 10 minutes of runs up, down and across the river, Glen eventually scooped up the gladiator in my large net. I'll never forget the way Glen looked at me after opening that landing net to see this most beautiful and amazing specimen "Its bloody massive" he shouted. This truly was my most memorable fish with a kype to die for, in fact its teeth drew blood as I retrieved my hook from its mouth. I'd imagine you could travel the world fly fishing for a lifetime and fail to hold such a fantastic wild fish in your hands - a truly breathtaking experience.
Many anglers spend a fortune chasing dreams all around the world and I have news for all of them, all your dreams can be fulfilled right here on the Derbyshire Wye. Although I'm sure we could have stared open mouthed at this beauty all night long without a word being said, I desperately wanted this warrior back in the river as quickly as possible to hopefully fulfill another brothers dream. I looked down to thank this fish for the time shared before it kicked away and I could breath a sigh of relief. This specimen is a credit to all staff who care, protect and nurture this special little river so a big thankyou to you all, and although I adore Her Majesty (Dove), an affinity with the Derbyshire Wye has been born and who could blame me, today I'm left wondering if there could possibly be a finer river anywhere.