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Old 02-14-2003, 09:07 AM
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"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?

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Old 02-14-2003, 09:38 AM
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Bob

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

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