Re: Age old question : catch/release or catch/keep ?
I practice C.P.R. (Catch Photograph and Release). I release every fish that I catch. One of the main reasons that I fly fish is for the joy and relaxation of the sport. So, I really don’t want to have to worry about cleaning a mess of fish during or after my day of fishing enjoyment. I do enjoy a good fish dinner. But I can just pick some up at the store.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not a tree or fish hugger. I am definitely not against keeping fish. I do believe that fish must be harvested in order to preserve a healthy fish population. So, catch and keep is an important part of the promotion and preservation of sport fishing throughout North America.
I just feel that there are enough catch and keep folks that will make up for all the fish that I catch and release.