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Friday, 22 August 2008

food for thought

i have come to a dilemma as my main tool that i have been using this year with all this high water to catch salmon has been the fantastic flying c and fantastic it is as a fish catcher but this is my dilemma their has been 2 fish and no returns and its not for the lack of commitment in returning fish although my first fish of the season i always keep for the mother inlaw ,but even if i had wanted to return that fish i could not have done it as it had took the lure deep and was bleeding profusely and today with another fish of around 6lb which i was looking to return and yet again it had been badly hurt by the treble hooks on the flying c which was very sad to see, so I'm wondering is this quite common with this type of lure as the damage that was done today was to the gill plates which if damaged in any major way their is no chance of survival i don't think as this is what I've always been told so reluctantly i had to dispose of another salmon with only one person smiling out of the sad situation and that's the mother inlaw oh well at least it is not going to waste on the riverbank ,but i must admit it is sad to see such a lovely fish dieing in such an awful way I'm thinking of putting on only a single hook on my flying c from now on and seeing how that works out as i know of others who have done that and it has worked for them so i think i owe it to the fish to at least give it a go as i don't think i can justify the use of trebles on them any longer ,give me your thoughts please.......

1 comment:

Mike Duddy said...

Maybe cut off one of the hook points and see how having two affects your hook up rate and if it reduces damage to the fishes mouth. You can then go to a single hook if continue to get trouble.

I have seen many fly patterns which use two hooks set at a 135 degree angle.