My fishing life began at the young age of three out at Topaz Lake, a treasure of Nevada. I was there more for a chance to be out of the house and my Dad was the one doing most of the fishing. Being a fourth generation Nevadan, my entire life has revolved around being an outdoorsman. Fishing at three, sitting in a duck blind by four holding a red rider, and of course the big game hunting that my brother and I got to tag along for starting at eight years old. I’ve thrown spinners and bait as well as fly fished since I was a boy. So, let’s talk about fly fishing vs spin fishing.
The topic of catch and release has become a very heated discussion in the fly fishing world. I’d like to start by saying that I’m not against keeping fish. I’m not against eating fish. I’m not saying you need to release the fish that you catch. The purpose of this article is to explain catch and release techniques so that if you choose to release a fish you do it in a way that will limit damage and minimize fatality rates. Since I’m not trying to convince people to release fish, you don’t have to keep reading if you never plan on releasing any fish that you catch.