Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Catch and Release Fishing

Fly fishing with true sportsmen always keeps the playing field level between man and the wily trout. We fish only catch and release, barbless, single hooks. In other words, we don't kill fish. It requires much greater skill on the part of the fisherman, sometimes leaving him or her humbled. But not often. And certainly not yesterday.

Here, one of my favorite fishing partners, fisherman and conservationist extraordinaire, gently takes his barbless hook out of a native cutthroat, while keeping the trout in the water. Then he releases the strong, healthy fish back to its habitat so it can be caught another day, another year.

Busy day today, but more fishing tales to follow later. Yesterday, this man had to pull me out of quicksand. I'm staying on dry land today.

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