For years I havent been able to break the 27.5 inch barrier! This year I have landed two 28.5's broke off on one i would say was 30 plus lost another pig in the hole and broke off and lost another couple pigs. It has been a unreal year for big fish up there. I am guessing by saying we landed 8-10 from 27 to just under 28 and probably 2 from 28-just under 29. The only one over 291/4 was caught by my girlfriend on my rod!! She also got a 28.5 this winter, she actually brought up the idea of buying a wheel house I think I have a keeper there.
I just noticed the season closes on LOTW and the Rainey River I've always thought it stayed open year round on the Rainy at least. I suppose a one month closure isn't so bad it probably helps the Spawn in the River?
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988