Being called a “tree hugger” makes a guy stop and think. At least it made me stop and think. It was said in jest and I got a laugh out of it for sure. I know where it came from too. Lately, I’ve been a little more vocal about something I care about – Wild fish species of the Pacific Northwest.
The Native Fish Society recently launched their Keep ‘Em Wet Campaign that encourages anglers to do a better job of handling wild and native fish. They’re even holding a photo contest with some awesome prizes for the top 3 photos submitted! For details, visit either of the links above.
For the most part, I’ve been pretty darn careful when it comes to handling wild and native fish. I use rubber or mesh nets instead of the older style woven ones. I try to keep contact to a minimum and revive and release a fish as quickly as possible. But there is more I can do. So, I’m making the commitment to do more, as an angler and as a guide. Starting now, the “Hero” shots are a thing of the past. No more grip and grins with a fish held high over the boat, rocks, etc. If the fish isn’t in, or partially in the water, I won’t post it on my website, blog, facebook page or google+ page. Continue reading
I say and do a lot of things that make me pretty unpopular on the river. The same things that usually won’t get me invited back to do a 2nd presentation at the local fishing association meetings.
It’s not that I’m rude, loud, obnoxious or otherwise an annoyance to society, it’s that I’m not shy about telling things like I think they ought to be when it comes to water, fish and fishing.
Being a fly fishing guide on a river that is primarily dominated by bait and gear anglers doesn’t help either. We share the same river, but not the same principals and ideals.
There are a several “hot topics” with anglers and here are a couple I feel strongly about: