The art of releasing that large Truckee 'Bow

Truckee River

by Matt Koles
(775) 351-6665

There's nothing like the feeling of holding a big fish and watching it swim away. Fortunately I figured out catch and release at a young age. For me now, it's about that tail kick, you know, when they punch out of your hand and swim away. If they kick hard you know you've done a good job of releasing and reviving your fish. Never throw a big fish back in the water without reviving it first. Hold the fish by the tail near the anal fin and slowly move him back and fourth. When the fish is ready they'll kick out of your hand and swim away. Despite a drastic drop in flows here in the Hirsch today, I did get that feeling from a nice rainbow.

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