We were recently on a guide trip when a client asked if he could keep the fish he caught on the trip. A big day of fishing stirs up quite a hunger and the ham and cheese sandwiches we ate on the river weren't nearly as delicious as the rainbows would be for dinner. Of course I told him he could keep his limit of fish and even offered to clean them. After all, he's the customer and we all know the old saying.
However, our preference for every fishing trip is catch and release, even when it's just the family and me out on the water. We practice catch and release to preserve the fishing environment in Arkansas. Personally, I'm always thinking of my young son and other children in our family. I hope to pass down my passion for fishing to them and it's incredible to think that someday they could hook the same fish that I caught, but for them, that fish would be much bigger. I think of that photo hanging on their wall one day and it makes me proud of the fishing heritage wecould share.
In addition to preserving that experience for generations in my family, we're preserving that experience for generations of anglers. I always say, the trophies we pull out of the river didn't earn their status by dodging hooks all these years. Our fellow anglers and the ones before usprovided that opportunity to us by practicing catch and release.
Our friends over at Recycled Fish have a few more thoughts on the catch and release practice. You might find a few pointers from them to make sure you're using safe fishing practices. I know we've picked up several tips from their site.
That being said, we are happy to send you home with river-fresh trout to feed your crew. Just do us a favor, consider a catch and release trip to preserve our river's most precious asset. It might be just as fun as keeping them.