When my good friend went to net it the steelhead surged one last time. He lunged to try as well as obtain the net underneath him but it didn't work. The rim of the net knocked the fly out of his mouth and he was off.
To today I'm not sure for how long it required to get that fish to the side of the boat but it was by far the battle of a life time for me. Both impressions I have from the fight is just how frequently he came out of the water and also just how much my lower arms were burning.