Received the below report and photos from Nolan Thom and his daughter:
Well, with the help of my older daughter and wife got the pics up. Wish we coulda spent at least 2 days there but had to make the most of one day.(Work and school on Monday) Up at 0330, get there 0645, lines in at 0815 and fish on at 0905. One bite all day and one GOOD fish. Surface temp between 42 and 44 degrees a bit cold and certainly wasn't expecting to limit but the reason we drive 3hrs is for quality fish not "put-n-keep" planters.
A little story to go along with this....Growing up in Hawaii, a few of my fishing buddies there and I have an unofficial tradition of releasing the first fish we catch for good luck on any outing. I asked my daughter as soon as the lines went out, "Bear"(her name is Kayley 13yo) should we release the first fish?" She pauses and says "It depends." (LOL) With the temp on the colder side, the hit was not a big SLAM take down so it didn't double the rod or put up an extraordinary fight. You could tell it was a very decent fish but we had no idea until it surfaced. When it flashed it's silver, my daughter says, "We're keeping this one. You can let the next one go." Had to chuckle.
Only one fish, but an unforgettable trip for a proud father and as old fishing show host of Walker's Cay Chronicles Flip Pallot says, "Come with me on a trip into angling adventure where we'll ride the ragged edge where the fish are big and wild. We'll travel to the ends of the earth to the loneliest oceans and the farthest rivers. We'll pit the smallest lures and the lightest rods against the toughest fish and we'll burn the stories into the memory of film." I love to eat fish, but really this is what it's all about to me. It's the memories that I pray my daughters will keep with them when they look at these pics.
Gear....8'6" Berkley AIR IM8 salmon/steelhead rods(models discontinued a while ago, but first time using these brand new rods)
Shimano Cardiff 101a
15lb powerpro braid
homemade smile blade flasher 4ft with 4 blades and last but certainly not least
OG1 1.8 inch orange Old Goat Lure.
Donn, thanks so much for making these lures. Love your story and wish you much success. Maybe we'll see ya out there at Potholes some time. There many more lakes between there and Idaho I would like to fish some time too. Roosevelt, Summit in Colville, Rock, etc. So many lakes, not enough time. Usually around June to August I'm on the Pacific chasing bottomfish, salmon or tuna. I also see you have some tuna lures. Thanks so much Donn and I will check for the other 1.8 pink/green next week.
Much Aloha, take care and God Bless,
Nolan: That is one awesome report! (It made our day!!)
I'll try to keep the blog updated every so often: posting pictures submitted by customers, notes about recent tests, etc.