Situation: midge hatch at Lake Lehow (near Waterton Canyon) with PHWFF group - tried a red umbrella midge emerger, fish came right up to it and 'made a face' and swam off.
Tied on this one - post is polypro yarn tied with gray thread, parachute/umbrella is yellow hackle, treated with Watershed. Floats like a freekin' cork.
Thread: gray Danville 8/0
Body: green and chartreuse Ultra Wire, Thorax is peacock herl.
Wing stump: white fluoro fiber
Hook: obviously not tough enough for what happened: some brand of scud hook, the type escapes me, and apparently the fish, now, too, after what apparently hit it.
I missed the take altogether - and apparently a few more - needs a better hook. I'm thinking TMC 2499 in an 18 next time. I suspect this might've been a Dai-Riki, which aren't tempered - live and learn.
Anybody else ever have this happen? I've had hooks straighten before, but gee whiz!
Maybe I didn't want to try and land the fish that could've done this while I was trying to catch it...