trout, steelhead, and salmon are commonly found together in many
Oregon rivers and streams. Hatchery-reared fish are used to supplement
natural production or compensate for lost production (e.g. dams).
However, catching and keeping a wild fish has a greater effect on a
fish population than catching and keeping a hatchery fish. Here's why:
Hatchery fish are protected in a hatchery pond until adulthood, while
wild fish must survive stream disturbances and predators to become
adults. Adult wild fish that survive are the strongest and most
cunning of their kind. Also, wild fish are much more likely to spawn
in a stream than hatchery fish. So, returning wild fish to the
allows those fish to spawn and pass on their ability to survive to
their offspring - enabling the wild fish population to remain healthy
Hooking and Playing the Fish
Use hooks that are barbless and made from metals that rust
Decide to release a fish as soon as it is hooked.
Set the hook immediately. Try to prevent a fish from swallowing
Land your quarry quickly; don't play it to exhaustion.
Work a fish out of deep water slowly, so it can adjust to the
Always keep release tools handy.
1. Leave the fish in the water (if possible) and don't handle it. Use a
tool to remove the hook or cut the leader.
2. Keep the fish from thrashing.
3. Netting your catch in a shallow soft cotton or nylon
net is often the easiest & safest way to control it. Never put
your fish on the bank to thrash around in the weeds or bash its self on
4. When you must handle a fish
- Turn a fish on its back or cover its eyes with a wet towel to calm
- Don't put your fingers in the eyes or gills of your catch.
- Avoid removing mucous or scales.
Get the fish back in the water as
quickly as possible.
Releasing the Fish
- Place the fish in the water gently, supporting its mid-section
and tail until it swims away.
- Resuscitate an exhausted fish by moving it back and forth or tow
it gently alongside the boat to force water through its gills.
- Watch your quarry to make sure it swims away. If it doesn't,
recover the fish and try again.
Remember, a released fish has an excellent chance
of survival when handled carefully and correctly.
Abel Measuring Net NEW FOR '03
Abel thought he would never be in the net business. Then, one day, his son
Jeff, with a big grin on his face, handed him this net and said,
"Try this, Dad, I have a patent pending." After trying and
testing it, Steve was amazed. It worked even better than he thought it
could. What a fantastic catch and release instrument! It instantly
measures the fish and allows you to release it quickly without
There's a fine mesh Nylon strip marked in one-inch increments from the
center of the netting up to each end of the bag. When you net a fish
it might measure 6 up one side and 9 up the other. Aha! It's a
No more half-dead fish flopping on the bank while you try to get a
measuring tape from your vest. No need to move it or skootch it around
until you can get a ruler on it. No need to handle the fish at all.
Just net the fish and measure it in one quick swoop.
These nets are handmade in the U.S.A. from a variety of laminated hard
woods to attain a beautiful grain and maximum strength. The nets are
replaceable and the wood frame is guaranteed for life. Nets are
delivered in a custom padded Nylon carrying/storage pouch.
Release, best buy
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Ketchum Release Tool offers two
it saves fish and it saves flies. The Ketchum Release effectively
removes a fly hook without air exposure or fish handling. The
elimination of these risk factors increases the survival rate of
released fish. As fly anglers the
significant contribution we can make to our world is the survivability
of our own fisheries.
In addition, the Ketchum Release will not damage flies like
traditional clamping devices can. By saving flies, the tool can pay
for itself in just a few fishing sessions. US
Rabbit Strip String Leeches
These 3 1/2 inch long flies are becoming increasingly popular in
British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest for steelhead and salmon.
They are a very large, but fairly easy to cast and have tremendous
action and flash in the water. During the 2001-02 seasons, the
black and purple flies accounted for several larger than average
steelhead from local rivers. Olive and white string leeches are also
popular in lakes for large trout & bass.
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