Catch n' Release

Photo by:  Sean Israelski

Photo by: Sean Israelski

Hellllloooooo and greetings from our log cabin in the woods on a mountain! I hope you’re having just as great of a week as we are. Oh and look at that folks, one week closer to winter! We’re almost there, home stretch, kind of. Soon enough this crazy rain will turn into some frozen precipitation and we’ll all be rejoicing on the mountain (knock on wood, immediately). Speaking of crazy rain, it’s really been messing up our summer activities this year, and it’s a huge bummer. Our COO and all around cool dude, Sean (Seanathon, Seanson, Sheen), has been suffering the most from this rain, not being able to get out to fly fish at certain spots as often as he'd like, due to flash floods and intense water flow. So this week we’re going to talk about something he enjoys to cheer him up; catch and release.

Catch and release is a practice commonly used by anglers to safely catch fish and release them back into the wild ensuring minimal harm to the fish being caught. “Well, who cares, dude? It’s a fish,” you’re probably muttering. Well there’s a few different reasons to care, dude. Looking back at our Leave No Trace principles, we must respect our surrounding wildlife. That means respecting the life that is on the other end of our line. Do your best to catch the fish quickly, reduce its time on the line, and be gentle while handling it. Ideally, try to unhook it while it’s still in the water, or at least minimize the fish’s time out of water. If it’s tired after the epic battle, gently nurse it a bit, bit placing it head first into the current, this helps re-oxygenate the fish. Handle it delicately in the water and when it’s ready, it will take off.

Photo by: Mike Terrian

Photo by: Mike Terrian

Beyond just respecting the fish, catch and release can be really beneficial to not only the waterways they are found in, but also in the greater, surrounding environments. Fish are crucial to our waterways to maintain various ecosystems through many different flora and fauna relationships that make up our earth. By practicing catch and release, we can help conservation efforts to keep natural areas intact, allowing fish to populate waterways, keep other species in check, and provide food for others, how they are supposed to. Think of it this way, if everyone who went out there caught a fish and kept it, soon there would be no fish to catch, for anyone. So do your part and let everyone get the chance to enjoy it!

Again these are all reasons to ensure the safety and good health of the fish and make sure it doesn’t end up dead for no reasons. But if this is a survival situation, you get yourself that fish and enjoy it. Sometimes you just gotta do, what you gotta do.

That’s all for this week folks. Be sure to check out the footy (4 the boyz) that Sean captured out on his last rainbow hunt. Pretty cool stuff all for a pretty good lookin fish. Nature is sweet, even if it’s a slimy, floppy fish.      

P.S. Stowe Brewers Festival creeeepin’ up July 28th/29th! Enter our raffle and get a chance to shave some beards?