A Gentle Plea

A gravid female Oncorhynchus mykiss exhibiting a pronounced urogenital pore indicating she is ready to spawn.

A gravid female Oncorhynchus mykiss exhibiting a pronounced urogenital pore indicating she is ready to spawn.

This very healthy girl is ready for a spawn. O.mykiss spawn all season long as a survival strategy. She was not touched and fully revived before being allowed to swim off on her on volition.

Tactical barbless hooks often fall out in the net facilitating an easy release. I implore you to please stop using barbed hooks. I’ve seen a lot of needles injuries lately caused by barbed hooks and excessive handling of fish during release. As a guide, I inform my guests that they may lose a fish or two. I also teach them how to fight a fish using barbless hooks. My guests appreciate our efforts to protect our resources. Your guests will also appreciate it. Just get over your fear of losing a fish or two and you will be fine. You will still get handsome gratuities if you keep a positive and energetic attitude as stewards of our fisheries. 

If you look at my previous blog entry, you will see that I actually land more fish with barbless hooks than I did with traditional hooks.