Its been a fun salmon and steelhead run this year. We have seen good numbers of fish and some very nice fish have been landed. Many fish from 22"-28" have come to net. I lost the largest Lake Champlain LL salmon I have seen the other day while fishing with my wife, and it was a true heartbreaker. I hooked it on a nymph only 10' from my feet where it came out of the water and almost gave me a heart attack. It then turned and proceeded to take me almost to the end of my backing. I was able to get it stopped and began gaining line but suddenly it popped off. Upon further inspection, my hook was straightened a bit. I'm sure that when I gave it the extra pressure to stop it from spooling me the hook bent a bit. I hope to get another fish of that caliber on your line soon.
Below is a pic of a short but very fat and healthy Lake Champlain Steelhead.
Ben Wilcox Owner/Guide Maple Country Anglers