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Re: What Constitues A Catch
From S. Central PA
New guy here. Hi All!
I don't use a net and try to touch the fish as little as possible, if at all. Usually just grabbing the fly with the forceps and removing it without touching the fish. Obviously, those count. But, I also think about "if I were fishing for food..." In that context I would have a net, so if the fish gets to the point where I could've netted it, it counts. If I've played the fish, even for just a few seconds, and it gets off before it got within netting range, that's a long release. If I completely missed the hook set, it's a miss. Granted, some misses are no doubt fish that never even took the fly but turned away at the last second.
Now as to counting, this may sound odd but, just because a fish "counts" as being caught, doesn't mean I keep count. Usually up until say 6-7 fish I remember how many I caught, but after that I loose track and don't really care. By that point it's already been a good day, it's now just a matter of will it be a good day, a great day, a fantastic day...
BTW: Days when I catch nothing are OK days. Any day I go fishing can't be a bad day.
Posted on: 2006/12/7 19:12
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