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DavemNovember 29th, 2017, 10:05 am
Posts: 7I figure if I got the trout to my feet I landed him. No net. If I can grab and twist the fly- the trout usually jumps free. here's some issues. I was trying that with a steelhead that got off a little before my feet and I wondered if I really caught him, with a net I'm sure I would have netted him but with the dancing around so you can grab the fly- too much dancing.
But I must admit, if I catch an unusual trout I'll look him over.
StrmanglrDecember 10th, 2017, 8:12 am
Posts: 156
If you didn't remove the hook the fish wasn't landed.

If you were fishing to survive, to eat, then losing one at your feet still leaves you hungry.

If I'm interested in taking photos, I use my measure net. Net the fish, pull the hook, take the pic and dump the fish.

If gravity was so hard on fish you wouldn't see them jump out of the water.
WbranchDecember 10th, 2017, 5:43 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733
If I touch a hooked trout I count it as landed. I go by the American Indian philosophy of "counting coup".
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Jmd123December 11th, 2017, 8:22 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2611
Bring it to your hand and look it in the eye, and you can say that you've landed it. Just make sure that hand is good and wet and don't keep the poor thing out of the water for very long! I also use a measure net and it work wonderfully, nice soft mesh and instant length determination.

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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