Purple is indeed the color for January on the Kenai (refer to post this time last year). Nothing was working today, even though I was hoping that temps around 47(above 0) would get the fish moving. In an unprecedented move, I drifted a purple, cone headed, articulating leech under an indicator, and I’m glad I did. I would have never felt the light tug as the indicator slowly dipped beneath the surface.  He was sluggish to start, and just heavy after he made a run that nearly put me into my backing.  I was literally shaking and panting nervously as I brought him to hand.  He measured just a hair over 28″, and probably weighed at least 9 or 10 pounds. I didn’t get a long look at him because I tried to put him back as quickly as I could, but what a MONSTER!  Even the 8 weight felt small with this behemoth on.  It is the biggest rainbow I have ever landed (for that matter, I don’t think I’ve even witnessed one this big), and I couldn’t think of a better way to start the year.

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