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: C&R Ethics

02-14-2003, 09:07 AM
"If we snag a fish by accident, break 'em off."

That's generally good advice. But I had a strange experience earlier this year that I will relate.

I was indi fishing with a leech pattern. The indicator sunk, and I set the hook. At first, I thought I was snagged, but then the snag started to move slowly. Didn't feel like a HUGE fish, though.

After a somewhat strange battle, I got to see that I had hooked onto a large branch, with another heavy leader and a big streamer attached to that, and a foul-hooked 6 or 7 lb. steelie on the big streamer.

I know, break 'em off, right?? I didn't - I brought in the tired fish, unsnagged him and took a long time carefully reviving him. I wondered how long he had been dragging that branch around. Then, I tossed the branch behind me well on the the bank, and put the fly and broken leader in my pocket for disposal. (Must have been at least 15 lb. test!)

I think I did the right thing. What would YOU do?


02-14-2003, 09:38 AM

I think you did the right thing especially since you did not snag the fish but the branch that the fish was attached to.

I'd do the same in that situation

02-14-2003, 09:56 AM
I would do what you did.

Sounds like you're helping the fish out to me.