Catch and Release Morality

Releasing a Rainbow

The One Truckee River‘s “River Stories” contest pushed me to finally write down one of my favorite memories of the thousands of hours I’ve spent on the Truckee River with a fly rod. Thank you for awarding my submission the first place prize.

On Tuesday, March 21st, I’ll be reading the story at the organization’s story telling event at The Jungle (6pm). Until then…

Catch and release morality gave way in the fading September light. I casted to visible risers, and successfully raised my rod to take after take of rainbows, as the hatch continued on the Truckee just downstream of the California line. Darkness imperceptibly replaced sunset glare on the water, and my precision tactics were swapped for blind casting figuring that striking on the mere suggestion of a trout’s take, whether by spying the rise form or hearing its splash, could produce one more fish to net for the evening.

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