I am always experimenting when it comes to fishing and Thursday’s trip to the Sipsey was no exception. I decided I would not touch any of the trout today, and just release all the trout I landed using the forceps. My last trip resulted in having to resuscitate most of the trout I landed; which is something I willing to do to save the fish. There are numerous little puddles of water along the edge of the tailrace I fish, that can be used to steer the trout into, to get the picture and simple reach down and remove the fly and nudge him on his way. All the trout I landed Thursday swim away without any help from me. I know there will be times when I will have to handle the fish, but if there is a way to get the picture without the touch, I will try that first.
The following video serves as a great example of techniques and tips used in protecting the trout after the landing.