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    Default I'm changing as I get older..who would'a thunk it

    I've keep enough stockers already. The last couple times I've been out I'm releasing them for some other fisherman,,maybe a youngster or older fella, to catch them.
    The upside is,,I can catch more than my limit because I have none in my possession.

    Barb-less is also something I'm doing with my fly tying. It makes releasing a fish easier on me and the fish.

    Not saying I won't keep trout anymore (I like trout) but not everyone I catch for sure. And only stockers do I keep at all.

    BTW I've done catch and release on wild and native fish (cept catfish and a few gills for eating) for ages.

    The other morning I called in a really nice gobbler that I let pass. He just looked so 'right' in the woods ,,and I wasn't really hungry...and that was enough. 10 years ago, I'd have shot MYSELF for doing that.

    Just musin' how life changes a person

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    Thumbs up Re: I'm changing as I get older..who would'a thunk it

    So yes. " ..... The other morning I called in a really nice gobbler that I let pass. He just looked so 'right' in the woods ,,and I wasn't really hungry...and that was enough. 10 years ago, I'd have shot MYSELF for doing that.

    Just musin' how life changes a person

    Mike"

    Indeed it does Mike. Honestly can't remember the last time I didn't C & R. I think my turning point was several years back with a 8-10 pound Steelhead at my feet. Self said to Self: 'There's just you and an old dog, what would you do with all that?'

    Back he, and everything else since, went into the river.

    As for the Turkey? Just getting to come was the challenge, not the kill.

    Fred
    When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost. - Billy Graham"

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    Default Re: I'm changing as I get older..who would'a thunk it

    I've always been a C+R guy. I guess it's just the way I was taught to fish. I can actually say I've never kept a trout I've caught. I can't say that won't change down the road, but it may never. We'll have to see. I've got no problem with people keeping their limit on stocked streams,that's what the limit is there for. It does hurt me to see people pulling natives out though. That's just such a fragile part of ecosystem I feel.
    "Some go to church and think about fishing, others go fishing and think about God."
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    Default Re: I'm changing as I get older..who would'a thunk it

    I've been into C&R since it was called "thowin ' 'em back"
    When the wife wants fresh fish, I go catch her some bluegill. Harvesting them is actually good for the fishery
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart

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    Default Re: I'm changing as I get older..who would'a thunk it

    C & R is fun. I've caught and released about 50 trout since Thursday.

    I agree that barbless hooks make this tons easier. Usually, just netting the fish makes the hook fall out.

    I took my 9-yr-old granddaughter fishing for the first time on Friday afternoon. The (stocked) fishing had been so good earlier in the day that I thought it'd be a great chance for her to catch some fish. I told her on the way that we'd be releasing all the fish.

    She had a blast. She caught 4 11-12" rainbows and lost 4 more. This was not grandpa hooking the fish and handing her the rod to reel them in. She had waders on and was standing in the river catching them on her own. OK, I confess. She was using a spinning rod and lures, not flies. Hasn't mastered the fly rod yet.

    She asked me if next time we could bring some home. Her other grandmother (not my wife) loves trout.
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    Default Re: I'm changing as I get older..who would'a thunk it

    95% of the time I am C&R. The only time I keep fish is when we are camping and I can cook and eat them right there. I figure if the original Trout Bum is OK with it I'm OK with it.

    We always go deer hunting and two seasons ago I mortally wounded a nice buck. After tracking him down I had to put another round in him and the look in his eyes was painful. First time that I have ever been effected by something like that. We have always gone deer/elk hunting but that was the first time the animal looked at me and spoke to me. I'll never forget it and I actually haven't been hunting the last two season.

    The turkey though, I'd have nailed him! I have a long drawn out love hate deal with the local turkeys. It's like they're always laughing at me...

    Randy
    “Fishing for me, as funny as it sounds, is sorta my brand of praying almost. I’m never closer to my spirituality than when I’m in the act of fishing.” - JT Van Zandt

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    Default Re: I'm changing as I get older..who would'a thunk it

    I have always practiced C&R also. I never really had a reason to keep a fish other than a picture. I have even been know to practice LDC&R.

    As for hunting, last year I went out but with my Nikons instead of a weapon. I found I am getting more pleasure in shooting a picture of a deer or turkey than actually shooting them.


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    Default Re: I'm changing as I get older..who would'a thunk it

    It's only a natural course of events Mike.

    I used to stay right in the woods for days when I was after a particular spring bird. One year it took 5 days and I got the one I was after, but like some fish I killed so long ago that turkey was dead and I was never the same.

    I have a trophy I got for a brown trout back in 1973. It was the largest brown killed & registered in my part of Pennsylvania that year. It took almost ten years but I learned the 'history' of that particular strain of brown trout in that exact watershed. Why were they there, why did no one know about them? An old man (maybe 90 when he told me the story) unraveled the back story for me and I felt really bad for having taken that link out of the chain some 10 or 11 years prior.

    By 1980 I was done taking trout unless I was on a back country trek somewhere in a wilderness area and then just a few for a meal. Even that didn't work out so well when the smells from my little cooking camp attracted a grizzly bear deep in the Gallatin National Forest...................... I think that was 1982 and I haven't taken any by intent since then. I've been hard on the salmon here; some years I took between 30 and 40 fish and we ate a lot of salmon but those days are over too. Last year I released all but one king salmon that was caught and still felt bad about the one killed. I'll get past that when we get some good numbers again but for now why would I kill one when I might be able to catch ten in the same day..................

    Here's another thing to watch for as you get older; getting out of a small dome tent in the morning after a night on the riverside will be much more difficult

    You are not alone buddy,

    Ard

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    Default Re: I'm changing as I get older..who would'a thunk it

    We all change...some for the better, others...not so much. I came to C&R late in the '80s and figured it out then thanks to a C&R friend who was patient with me.

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    Default Re: I'm changing as I get older..who would'a thunk it

    Have a look here when you have the time Mike
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