A couple months back we ran a post reminding you to be nice to non-targets, those species that voluntarily climb onto your fly when you’re on the search for something else. All fish deserved to be handled with care and if catching too many fish is the problem, that’s not a bad problem to have! Here in Alaska, juvenile salmon, trout, dolly varden, and grayling smolt are becoming extremely active in preparation for the long winter to come and that got us thinking..
Be Nice to the Juveniles Too!
If you hook into a small juvenile fish, please handle it with the utmost care ensuring it is out of the water as little as possible. After all..
- Small fish grow up to be big fish!
- Small pristine fish grow up to be big pristine fish (scars found on certain fish could very well be from being mistreated as a juvenile)!
- Juvenile’s are far more sensitive than adults. Take just as much, if not greater care of that 8 inch parr as you would on that 30 incher, we’ll all benefit from it!