A friendly reminder…low-impact release follows catch

I gave someone an update on my Sunday’s crummy fishing, and they proceeded to send me a reminder of the weekend before (with enclosed compliments on my release technique):

I remember the mud on my fingertips.

The picture does this beautiful wild brown trout justice, but it doesn’t portray what I remembered being pretty poor handling skills. I was holding this fish gently while unhooking, and she squirmed out of my hands and onto the the muddy bank. I gave plenty of time for relaxed revival in the cool water, and she darted away nicely. But I still felt a bit bad about it. Keeping them in a net and in the water while unhooking, grabbing a quick pic and then getting them back in the water just as fast is the preferred methodology.


Alicia says:


you don’t have to handle the fish at all, this is the preferred methodology for catch and release- the only way to do it properly.

Please look into these products. It is necessary to get this information out to anglers who are decreasing the post-survival rates of all types of species by following improper catch and release methods.

Have a great one!

Michael Gracie says:

Tks. Note dehooking gizmos are sometimes tough to use on tiny flies, particularly when fished in tandem. The fish has often turned over the rig, and you don’t want to release a fish only to find out they’ve got #6 tippet wrapped around them that they’ve decided to take with when they scoot off.

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