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    Default How Not to Treat a Fish....

    This guy doesn't show any intention of keeping the fine trout in the video below, and his fish handling seems a bit rough. Am I being too harsh???

    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xdCA4s1J2w"]YouTube- Flyfishing in Montana[/nomedia]


    Forget wetting your hands before handling the fish in that video. The guy seems willing to stuff it down his pants!

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    you know i didn't even treat the trout i kept for eating like that, that is one of the worst displays of jackassery i have ever witnessed, if the guy didnt want to spook the rest and was keeping a 10-12 incher i could see the drag through grass and rocks routine but after the drag he walk heavy footedly to the rivers edge and the rest shall we say was ignorance?

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    Perhaps we can take up a collection and at least get this dude a pair of hemostats.
    That, and he easily could have taken his bud up on the offer to be net man.

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    no kidding and a bottle of water if the river water scares him so. lol

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    Default Re: How Not to Treat a Fish....

    That's what we call a "CALAMAR"

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankB2 View Post
    This guy doesn't show any intention of keeping the fine trout in the video below, and his fish handling seems a bit rough. Am I being too harsh???

    YouTube- Flyfishing in Montana


    Forget wetting your hands before handling the fish in that video. The guy seems willing to stuff it down his pants!

    I agree with you. if he was releasing. We don't know what he did at the end.

    I keep all fish in the water myself and usually barbless hooks will release in the net. I think studies are starting to find more fish die than we as catch and release fishers know. We should all be gentle and keep the fish wet.

    It is a sad video if he then pitched it back in.

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    Even if he releases that fish it will die of fungus infestation because it's protective slime has been completely removed. What a tool.

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    Default Re: How Not to Treat a Fish....

    Hi Everyone,

    Lets give the guy a little slack, but not much. I can tell by his casting and lack of mending that he is not very experienced. I bet he is at a place that catching the fish and getting the picture is way more important than the fish. Lets hope as time goes on he places a higher value on the fish. Remember we all did dumb things when we were learning.

    Frank

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    Hi Guys,
    I caught an excellent stocked rainbow a couple years ago, and had every intention of eating it. The fish I caught did not want to be handled at all, much the same as the trout in the video. It jumped out of my net after I reached the bank, and was heading back to the water fast. I jumped onto the bank like a pro wrestler, and wrestled this fish into submission....I thought. He made another attempt for the water, and I rapped him on the head with my knife. Although it took a few blows to calm him down, it seemed that this was finally over. He began to wiggle again, so I slipped the knife into where I thought his brain was located. I wanted to get this fish home and cook it, so I slipped some heavy tippet through its gill, and began to carry it down the path. A couple with a little kid passed by, and the kid wanted to see the fish. When I held it up, the thing began wiggling madly again!!!! The kid screamed, and I ran to the car.

    I haven't kept any fish since then, stocked or native, and would hope that the guy in the video released what looked like a fine specimen. I do take fish pics, but not at the expense of the fish. My wife caught a very nice brown last month, and I instructed her to hold the fish lightly for a photo. She did, but the fish jumped out of her hand (we were wading at the time). She didn't care, and was more than glad to see the fish swim away. That brown was caught on a C&R stream, and I've never seen a trout mistreated there.

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    Default Re: How Not to Treat a Fish....

    Like I've said before, we need fish safety classes.
    Fish go to school, why not us, as well?
    My favorite "release" was this week. Kevin had his big brown (7lb), the fish posed, I took the picture, then the fish got wings (so to speak). 4 +ft of air, to a rip entry Sumo style.
    The fish apparently knew about photo ops, and this one was over!
    Wish I could have nailed the fish in the air, with Kevins expression.
    I've handled a lot of fish, but it is never the same, they keep learning new moves.
    I have more than a few photos of premature releases by good fishermen.
    Frank called it, anytime it takes 5-6 false casts, and no mend, it would be a beginner. Like he mentioned, we were all beginners sometime.

    Jim
    Ultimately, it's not catching fish that satisfies, but knowing how.

    Bigfly

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