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Old 02-16-2007, 01:05 PM
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There's no need to take a trout from the water to take the hook from its mouth. Simply contol the fish with a net or your free wet hand and remove the hook with your fingers or hemostats. This way, if you lose control of the fish it doesn't drop on the ground but merely stays in the water to begin with.

If you must remove a fish from the water with your hands, wet them first to help prevent removal of the trout's protective slime coating.
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