"Buy Your Fish!" is the subject of this Idaho Fly Fishers Blog post and is written by the YellowStoneFly. Did you know that fresh fish only stays edible without spoilage about 48 hours in your refrigerator? Now obviously, you can extend this considerably by freezing, but it still doesn't taste the same.
Most of us have a Walmart close by or other grocery store chains. For a few bucks, we can drive over to the grocery and pick up a pound or two of the fresh stuff, batter, throw into a skillet with a few spuds and presto, we have really good fish 'n chips.
Now, let's assume you want to go and catch your dinner. First, you have to get together, find or go and buy your fishing gear. Cha-Ching to the tackle store! Now we have to go and purchase our fishing license. Cha-Ching to the state Game & Fish! Now, if we really want to catch, kill and eat big fish we need live bait. Cha-Ching to the bait store! At last, we are ready to go. Now, drive to your favorite fishing grounds. Have you seen the price of gasoline lately? Cha-Ching, Cha-Ching!
We spend the entire day fishing for dinner and if we are lucky will have something to show for our efforts. So, we throw these smelly, slimy creatures into our car trunk. We take them home and still have to clean them. If you stick them in the refrigerator, remember you must eat them within 48 hours or your catch will go bad and you'll have to throw all of your hard work out. Now we finally find another beer, which we also had been drinking on the river (Cha-Ching again), throw the fish in the fryer and at last. We are too tired to eat!
Now tell me why I didn't just go Idaho fly fishing say on the Kootenai, Moyie or Clark Fork rivers? I could have tied my own flies, pinched down the barbs so I could have fun supporting "Catch and Release", stopped by the grocery for some already cleaned fillets and then taken these home to throw into the fryer. I would not only save a lot of money but I would also save myself from that lingering hand smell for days plus saving some beautiful trout for friends and future generations to catch.
So now you know. We support "Catch and Release". Shouldn't you? Write us or join this blog and give us your reasons for supporting (or NOT supporting) fish release. We would love to hear your reasons!
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