Catch and release? Seriously? Why?
I could write a book on this, but here’s the simple breakdown:
Trout in our local water big enough to justify taking home to grill up have lived in the watershed long enough to absorb some nasty stuff.
Pulling a mature adult trout out of the river is pulling a spawning fish out of the ecosystem. It’s not just one fish removed, but half of a reproducing pair.
c. I don’t need to.
If I want to eat fish, I can find sustainable and responsible options for that.
Why do you post pictures of your fish?
I post pictures for three primary reasons:
a. It’s led me to meet folks from all over that share an interest in the maddening yet rewarding sport of fly fishing. This is highly rewarding because…well…I love a good hang.
b. To catalog my journey trying to learn some things and bother some trout along the way. I’ve been able to have a little success here and there because others further down the road didn’t perceive me a threat but as teachable. I’d like to continue to learn, but also pay that forward.
c. To help inform and encourage catch and release practices. Many rivers in the west have been decimated one poorly informed outdoorsmen at a time. While education isn’t sufficient, it’s essential.
Where do you catch those fish?
This is not a helpful question. If I do answer it, I rob you of the journey in finding your own favorite spots, and if I don’t…well that makes me a horse’s ass. Assume that if I wanted you to know, I’d mention it. That said, I’m open to the conversation in person.