I fished the Spokane this morning (just below the Sullivan Bridge). Being the aspiring Fly Fisherman that I am, each trip to the river seems to hold a new lesson. Today's trip seems to have raised some questions about catch and release. After about an hour of fishing (and one lost hook-up) I was working my way down river and stopped to tie my shoe. It was at this exact moment that I noticed a 12 inch Bow rising just off shore. I quickly began casting a size 20 midge to the fish. First cast was short and drifted inside of the fish. It got a rise out of her, but she didn't take. The second cast was right on. I watched in slow motion as the fly floated downstream and then... SLURP! (For some reason I'm always surprised when a fish takes the fly :EEK ) The fish was not huge, but she's definitely been eating well. After a few minutes struggle I had her in hand. I freed her from the fly I quicly returned her to the water. She immediately dove for a rock outcrop and sat on the bottom. Thinking the fish was going to die, and upset with myself for killing such a beautiful fish I put my rod away and headed down stream. On my way back to the car I stopped by to see if the fish was still there. To my surprise she wasn't dead. It hovered under the rock and then moved into open water when it saw me. So my question is, Is it better to cradle the fish and slowly revive it. Or should you quickly return them to the water. I've heard people suggest both methods and this fish definitely seemed ready to go (which is why I didn't try to revive it). I would definitely appreciate any advice on proper C&R technique. I'm just glad that this lesson came without the cost of killing a fish (hopefully).