Supposed to be an interesting shot of the weird tail, but it basically sucks.
2). Fishing in muddy water is interesting. When your "normal" flats are chest deep you can either bitch and moan or keep walking. I bitch and moan while walking...saves time. Basically, to combat mud and visibility issues I tell myself to find knee deep water at all costs. This might entail fishing in the grass or walking a long ways but if you keep moving (slowly) you will eventually stumble into something cool like this.
Just don't spook it. This was the "chew the cud" fish and tipped the scales at 17 lbs. And yes, I took the time to get my iPhone out of a plastic baggy and take that picture before tapping the fish on the shoulder with two feet of Tippett out my rod tip. I am secretly hoping to drop the phone...hello upgrade.
3). I caught 1 (ONE) fish on the San Juan worm. I was, am, and will remain stunned. Generally speaking in these condition (high water in the weeds, muddy, single tailers digging on the bottom, etc) the sjw is crazy good. For whatever reason the black and orange nymph crushed the fish in an even taste test (I fish a two fly rig). Not sure what to say about that.