Proper Handling of Trout _ Davy Wotton

Some good advice from Davy Wotton on giving trout the best opportunity to survive for catch & release anglers.

The Ozark Fly Fisher Journal


Hold brown trout at the wrist in front of the tail and cradle the body in your other hand


Davy Wotton answers the question of how to handle trout properly, and in particular during winter temperatures


The simple answer to this question is this, with as little stress as possible.

Assuming you are using barbless hooks the most common reason for mortality is due to how fish are handled  be that with a net or hands that causes loss of the protective membrane that is the trout’s answer to ward of bacterial infections.
Once a bacterial infection takes hold its more or less a death sentence. If at all possible avoid use of a net.
Subjecting a fish to excessive time out of the water, worse when temperatures are high and low.
The membranes in a trout’s gill are very delicate they are also the means that…

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Hudson River Striped Bass 101

Great write-up and post, Steve! Thanks for pointing me to it.


Smile, oh big-mouthed Hudson River tribe member. 


Bob Creeden recently made a detailed post about the Hudson River striper stock on the Stripers Online Fly Fishing forum. I found it so informative that I asked Bob for permission to share it with my readers. He graciously agreed (thanks, RJ). And here it is:

The Hudson River filling in was done mostly in the 19th Century. The Railroad did 80% of it. Especially on the eastern shore between Manhattan and Albany. It was polluted in the 19th and early 20th Century. And when the bass crashed in the mid 1980s it included the Hudson River strain.

There have been many changes in the past 45 years in the Hudson River and the 25,000 square Mile watershed that feeds it.

Today, the Hudson is clean. Clean enough to be recognized as a Class “A” swimming water from Albany to the NY…

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Great Review of 8 wt. Salt Reels

Trident Fly Fishing 8 wt. Reel Review

Great Review of 8 wt. Salt Reels

I’m in the market for a cost effective salt reel to improve my game.

This Trident Fly Fishing review is very thorough and provides great comparisons with a broad price range.