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Poppy Cummins

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"TREAT OTHER ANGLERS AS YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED"

"RESPECT OTHER ANGLER'S FISHING SPACE,
DO NOT LOW HOLE"

"ALWAYS ASK PERMISSION TO SHARE A RUN,
START BEHIND OTHER ANGLERS ALREADY FISHING"

"WHEN FISHING A RUN WITH OTHER ANGLERS MOVE DOWN A COUPLE  STEPS AFTER EACH CAST IS FINISHED"

"AFTER YOU LAND A FISH GET OUT AND GO BACK TO THE TOP OF THE RUN"

"HELP A NEW ANGLER IF IT'S OBVIOUS THEY ARE HAVING TROUBLE, OFFER USEFUL TIPS, SHARE A FLY OR TWO"

"WHEN FISHING CATCH & RELEASE USE TACKLE HEAVY ENOUGH TO LAND THE FISH WITHOUT A PROLONGED FIGHT, MASH THE BARB TO MAKE THE RELEASE EASIER ON THE FISH"

"RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY, ASK FIRST,
LEAVE GATES AS YOU FOUND THEM"

"PROTECT THE RESOURCE, DON'T LITTER"

"REPORT GAME LAW VIOLATERS"

"RELEASE ALL WILD STEELHEAD"

"LIMIT YOUR KILL, DON'T KILL YOUR LIMIT"

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"Practice the Noble Foot"

  

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Yes that is a good one also. I think I'll add it over here. This was lifted from the Deneki Lodge website.

Our friend and accomplished photographer David Lambroughton created this sign that hangs in the clubhouse at BC West. David wrote the text which appears below, and it's excellent advice on the right way to land a steelhead. Thanks David!
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The Honorable Foot 


Unfortunately, it has become almost the standard technique for landing steelhead, and it certainly works well: You beach them. This is best accomplished by leaving 20 feet of line outside the rod tip, and with steady pressure and a minimum of unnecessary motion, simply backing out of the water. 


Without sufficient water depth to turn, and with no reverse gear, any thrusts of the tail serve only to drive the fish farther out of the water. You can literally swim a fish right onto the beach this way. And there it will bounce, eyelidlessly and with gills flaring, among the rocks and sand until it is grabbed, admired, and hopefully released. But such treatment is unnecessary and does nothing to minimize our impact on these magnificent creatures. 


The next time you have the honor (and that's what it is) of landing a wild steelhead, leave the fish at least a foot of water. With a 7 or 8 wt rod and the usual 10 to 12 pound tippet, you've got lots of control. You'll be a better fisherman for it, and your quarry will slip away uninjured, to spawn or fight another day. 


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Wade softly and carry a big stick!
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Respect the resource:

Take only photographs

Retain only your memories

Leave only footprints




 
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Fight your fish hard.......if you lose them you lose them but if you baby them in you kill them
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These ought to be posted on every river!

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How about something like: "Keep the fish in the water when handling, or better still don't handle it just release it"
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Yes keeping the fish in the water is a good rule.

For those that didn't read the rules when they registered "hero shots" with the fish held out of the water are discouraged and frowned upon on this forum.

"We do not want "hero shots" of any fish that is to be returned to the water. If ya want to show off the fish in a pic the fish should be in the water. If it's a brat slated for the table then it should be bonked before hand and so stated."

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Agree 100% with in-water shots.

I don't bonk any fish now, and in-water photos (if photos are 'needed' at all) should be the gold standard
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The only "hero" in air boarding Abu Ghraib type "hero shots" is the fish.

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Yes keeping the fish in the water is a good rule.

For those that didn't read the rules when they registered "hero shots" with the fish held out of the water are discouraged and frowned upon on this forum.

"We do not want "hero shots" of any fish that is to be returned to the water. If ya want to show off the fish in a pic the fish should be in the water. If it's a brat slated for the table then it should be bonked before hand and so stated."

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Helping someone get started.....
On the Deschutes this last year I was fishing a popular walk in run and a fellow came down through the sagebrush and waded in not far above me.  I made a few casts and darn if I didn't hook a nice wild fish and as landing it he came down to see it.   His first time steel heading.  Had a 9 wt rod single hand and about a 6wt line that was backwards on his reel or let's say his reel was backwards on the rod with the line coming off the side of the reel nearest the handle....    Pitched my spey up in the grass and made a new leader for him and handed him a couple of my skunks.  I didn't have a single hand line to match the rod but told him what to do about it.    I had to leave but put him in right where I hooked the fish and had him go through couple steps at a time.   I got an email from him a month later and he had fished at least every other evening and morning during that time and finally hooked and released his first steelhead.  I now he got a lot out of it but I did too.  In that short about 1/2 hour we got a new steel header started who knows the ediquette and values the fish....    It was easily as much fun as catching another fish!
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Good information

http://wildsteelheadcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Wet-Wild-24.75-X-16.pdf
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They are serious fish & deserve "serious kit"; don't fish over light thinking it makes you seem a more skilled angler, use rods/ lines & leaders heavy enough to beat the fish in as short as time as reasonably practical (we're not talking tuna tackle here, but not 4 weights for 15 lbs plus fish in strong flows either), a shorter harder fight with the fish working at 100% is more memorable than a long dour slog anyway & the fish will recover from it a lot faster.

To use an analogy, after a race both 440 yard runners & marathon runners are exhausted - but which one recovers first?

Regards, Jon.
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Excellent,
and I would add:
If you own a raft, dory or sled, it's good etiquette to give way to walk and wade fishers.
It's good etiquette, if you have a boat , to move after some success on a run.
It's good etiquette to avoid fishing near access points for walk and wade folks.
It's also good etiquette to take a deep breath and smile.

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