fly fishing is a blood sport

i haven’t had a fish turn over on me and not swim off in a long time. I cannot remember the last time a fish hasn’t swum off. I will kill hatchery steelhead without a problem but it is hard to watch a nice brown not make it. this hen took my streamer DEEP and took the back hook deep in her gills… needless to say it made me realize what i have always known, that fly fishing is a blood sport whether you want it to be or not. regardless this fish was kept after trying to revive her for close to 20 minutes. she was taken home by JP and baked for mother’s day.

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