I had a great day fishing a local stocked lake for trout today. Mike at 3 Rivers had some 2lb leader in the discount tub, and it worked very well. I fished on the bottom with a sliding weight and floating bait. The first fish hit hard and as I was adjusting the drag, it really began to pull very hard on my 8.5ft rod. I loosened it up and it ran hard, bending the pole to the extreme. The line came up quick and when I expected to see a large trout jump.... A large loon surfaced with my fish in its mouth!
When the bird went to readjust to swallow MY catch, I yanked the fish free and reeled like crazy. The Loon followed my fish quickly, and showed no fear of fighting me up close!
We ended up with five nice rainbows, and lost one nice Dolly that broke the light leader.