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    Angry Wet your hands!!!!!!!!!

    Rowing through 61 shoals yesterday with high sun and low water, I was able to see a ridiculous number of fish as I passed by that showed clear handling marks. I have seen numerous fish each day that shows the same black marks on their bodies from where they have been dry handed.

    Take 5 miliseconds and wet your hands, there is no reason to be lazy and it is worth the extra time if you plan on releasing the fish.

    This is the first year I have ever seen on the Clinch where it has been a problem, maybe it is the quality of anglers who now fish the river, people who overall don't have a clue how to properly handle a fish.

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    When I was a kid (still am, just younger) I used to dry hand fish because I couldn't stand the added sliminess. But now, whenever I dry hand a fish absentmindedly, I immediately realize it because of how nasty it feels without a wet hand.
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    I agree, I have seen this a lot on the river and more commonly on these message boards where people think it is necessary to show a picture of every fish that they caught. (This is not everyone, but I am sure people know what I am talking about.) When I catch a fish I do my best to not bring the fish out of the water at all. I don't feel the need to bring it up to show it to everyone around. I catch and release my fish under water and if needed I stick my arm under water to mark my fish so I can tell how long it is. Ex. I have a freckle that is 16.5" from the tip of my finger to it. This helps if I get curious of the length and I still don't hurt the fish.
    "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day." ~Unknown~

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    Seems to me that any meat fisherman is gonna keep all their catch, I am sure that is wrong but we flyfisherman carry bias, therefore it would seem that is flyfisherman that are doing this? As much as this seems surprising you gotta think, how many times do you see guys flyfishing the GSNP wearing white t-shirts...my point being not everybody knows things that we assume is basic
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    I will always take a picture of decent fish. I do make certain that I face them upstream and hold them until they catch their breath and swin away. I just recently learned about wetting my hands via this board, so keep the reminders going. I forget little things like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueRaiderFan View Post
    I will always take a picture of decent fish. I do make certain that I face them upstream and hold them until they catch their breath and swin away. I just recently learned about wetting my hands via this board, so keep the reminders going. I forget little things like that.
    Another problem you will have if you take a picture of a nice fish especially lying next to your rod is not being able to stretch your fish out when you tell everyone what you caught. It is a lot easier to say you caught a 20" Bow without that picture of your 14" Bow.
    "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day." ~Unknown~

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    Alot of the fish I saw yesterday were in and around the jail area, which is dominated by fly fisherman. Pictures of 12" fish out of the clinch don't prove jack didley, they are a dime a dozen, sporting fish of that size is undue stress which could be avoided.

    Also, laying fish on rocks, grass, or anything else to get a picture is utterly irresponsible as well.

    If a trout is caught and fought properly in water which isn't warm it should need no reviving, they should bolt as soon as they are freed. However, if fought with limp rods and soft touches it can take much longer. Learn the strengths of your tippet and how much pressure is just enough and it will mean more fish to survive upon release.

    I guess people just either don't care anymore, or are so green they just don't get it, but in the past this has never been an issue.

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    I read this and decided to edit my post
    Quote Originally Posted by MadisonBoats View Post
    Is it not interesting how menial and trivial certain issues in life have become! I mean; look how hard it can be at times to enjoy life! Look how divisive Man has made the World.

    I just wish things in the World would change and people would change! I am not talking about arguing access rights. I am implying that life has become a journey of fights and arguments.

    I used to have a very bad temper and would let it get the best of me. It felt better at times; but, I always looked back in regret that I could have handled things better.

    My new intentions in this World are to try and leave it better in some way and to make a positive impact on others.

    I understand property owner's reasons too. They may have been robbed, vandalized, or be worried about liability.

    I think we do need to work as a group of sportsmen, to lobby and promote positive relations with land owners and the general public. In doing this; we will gain more respect, more results, and more fishing opportunities.

    That is my nice lesson for today
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