Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Irafly, Jan 19, 2014.
I guess that I was wrong.
What! Ira is a troll! Oh man, I am hacked and so close to taking action
Stop fishing because I'm catching too many fish?
To quote the great philosopher..."Bitch please!"
I fish for me and to a MUCH lesser extent to put bonkers in the fridge for the kids. I don't scout rivers, obsess over gear, pick the ear of everyone who will let me, and spend 12 hours driving and fishing to pull out early. Don't get me wrong, I'm as likely to say to another angler "get down here, you idiot, and catch one of these." But quit for the day?
Way back when, before such a thing as steelhead CNR seasons existed, the daily catch limit was 2 steelhead. Two, regardless of whether the fish were retained - all steelhead were legal to keep then - or released. Land two fish and you were finished for the day. In those days barbless hooks were more or less unheard of as well, so when an angler hooked a dark steelhead (no angler worthy of the title kept dark steelhead or even one that was slightly beyond blushed) all kinds of contortions were performed so that the hook might fall out and the fish "lost" rather than landed, so that he could continue fishing a while longer.
After CNR became somewhat common, and mainly because of quality trout waters like Lenice and Dry Falls, it became legal to fish until the "daily limit was retained." Since the daily limit was zero, the mentality of fishing 'til you catch 'em all developed. Unfortunately it hasn't improved the quality of the fishing or of those who fish for them.
I find this tread quite informative. I was under the impression that " this swinging thing" was a product of the 1960 's sexual revolution, But now I understand its a fishing method... Total Enlightenment
I'm not swinging when there's pressure on the river. Under those conditions (nobody else on the water), I'll continue fishing until I'm not enjoying it anymore. So, leaving rested fish for others isn't doing anything other than placing an arbitrary line on my own fishing. I get the thought process regarding conservation, but also enjoy those days when nobody is around and there's snappy fish in the river. It doesn't happen often. Play the fish with the proper gear and technique.
As for catching a few fish in the day? It isn't about racking up numbers to prove a point. It's about learning where fish are holding. In the past, I've rotated out of runs when I was doing well. I've stepped out and let others in. Quite a few fish my buddy has landed were with me sitting on shore, done for the day. Anymore, I'm not on the water when there's pressure. That lost its fun a long time ago.
I can't way for the day this is an actual decision for me to make!
I normally stop at 0. I'm the most moral and virtuous member of all WFF.
I took tomorrow off to go steelheading. There is no chance that I stop fishing due to the amount of fish caught, unless I catch a 30lb fish. I will stop then. The chance of a 30 lber may be actually higher than a day where I catch so many steelhead that I stop.
I think a 30 lber might make me quit fishing for steelhead forever...
It would not make me quit fishing forever. I would stop for the day. I'm pretty sure of that.
I'm not saying quit fishing forever...just for steelhead...maybe. Easy for me to say that right now from the comfort of my own couch.
To bad you didn't, Just think of how much better the fishing could have been!!!!
If I hook a #30...the person that wakes me up is going to be truly sorry!