In the early 1970s, respected leaders of the IFFF realized that to preserve quality of fishing in our streams this could be met with the promotion of “Catch and Release” fishing. The public balked but slowly realized that the practice of catch and release was a useful management tool to provide better fishing for the future. Nowadays – catch and release is a way of life and a fishing ethic that we do without even blinking an eye. The IFFF still remains the leader on this subject of why, how and when.
1) Use barbless artificial flies
2) Land fish quickly
3) Minimize time out of water
4) Handle fish gently
5) Back the hook out with a hemostat
6) Support fish facing the current until it swims away
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Please direct inquiries to our Conservation Coordinator.