I absolutely promise this thread contains nothing political.....just fishing!!! I just got back from a biz trip to Wichita and had a long layover in Denver.....time to grab a Field and Stream (havent' read one in years) and relax with a beer in the cantina upstairs.........well, page 38 had a piece called "Jerry's Tips" that featured a bit on releasing fish stress free using the upside down "sleeper hold". Apparently, "all fish immediately lie still and relax when held in this position" according to the author. The drawing showed a brown trout gently cradled upside down in an angler's hand while he unhooked it. I think this is great......if it works!!!! I've seen this used on TV on bonefish and snook but never on trout.......have any of you ever tried this for unhooking/releasing trout? How did it work? :hmmm: I'd love to be able to calm trout down for an even safer release all the time!!!