I've been wanting to chase a few speck lately so left before daylight to drive to my favorite stream for them. After walking in it was still very dark. It was hard to see the strikes for the first few fish since I was in the water by 7:05 am. Fished quickly up the stream for little over a mile of fishing. Had to be out by 11:00 so I left the water at 9:55 am and started the walk out. While I didn't catch any real big specks I did land 20 or more that were around the 7" mark with a few being closer to 8" and one that was around 9". With all the discussion on long verses short rods I decided to dust of a 7' sage 3 WT not used in years. I did miss one or two fish because of drag which I could have prevented with a longer rod but the short rod was handy in a few tighter spots so it kind of balanced out. Keeping count is something I usually do for my clients so I tend to do it on my own now. My total for specks in hand this morning was 60 in less than 3 hours. They are starting to get some fall color.