A few tips on how to not injure your trout when fly fishing….
– Reduce the time out of the water to 25-35 seconds at most
– Minimize all landing nets – designed catch and release landing nets are made for those situations
– Do not pick up trout from the mouth, gills or jaws
– Touch trout with wet hands – do not touch trout with dry hands
– Avoid squeezing the trout
– Do not rip the fly or hook out of the trout’s mouth
– Try to hold the trout horizontally – support bigger trout with a second hand under the belly
– As you release the trout, place the trout in the water gently while supporting the mid section or belly
– Support the trout upright in the water until it starts to swim away