Podcast: Tom Rosenbauer on Catch and Release

September 28, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

After noting that the best way to ensure fishing for our grandchildren is to get involved in protecting habitat, Tom describes how to minimize damage to fish when practicing catch and release.
“So how do you release fish to make sure that they’re going to have a very good chance of survival? For fish caught on a single-hook fly or artificial, the mortality rate is anywhere from one percent to five percent, depending on which study you read and who’s done the study. But the survival rate is very high. So you can feel good if you practice proper catch-and-release. One of the most important things is that you shouldn’t fish in water that is really warm. And by warm I mean beyond the comfort level of the species you’re fishing for.”