The last week of February started out with howling winds and clear skies for our mixed bag group form Texas, Wyoming, and New Orleans. Everyone in the group was a repeat except for Eric Oliver of Abilene, TX, Bob Stewart of Ft. Worth, and Gray and Kelli Thornton of Cody, Wyoming.
The biggest heartbreak of perhaps the entire season happened on day #1. Kelli Thornton, fishing with her husband, Gray, and guides Korreano and Tony, hooked what was estimated as a permit in the 35-40 pound class. In predictably fashion the fish set a heading for someplace in the mid-Atlantic and hauled off 250+ yards of backing before breaking off. Would have been an epic brochure cover photo with Kelli holding a permit half her size! I hope she will one day come back to even the score.
Meantime, the second half of the week provided awesome conditions and 9 total permit landed for the week. Lynn Boyd, David Coleman, Clay Williams, and Barrett Clark all kept their streaks alive – while Eric Oliver managed his first permit as well. Still waiting on photos from Eric! Preston Perry from the shop teamed up on a respectable fish with Big Julio and Captain Dick snuck away for a day and got it done. All and all a pretty typical week with wonderful people and a ton of fun.