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Sustainable Fishing

Healthy Water, Healthy Fish, Careful Release...Sustainable

What does sustainable fishing mean to me?

My goal as an angler and a guide is to interact with the fish and the habitat that supports them in a manner that does not adversely impact either one.  Some impacts are inevitable, but as long as they are minor in nature, understood, and within levels that the fishery and environment can recover from, they can be reasonable.

What fishing practices do I engage in that help fisheries?

I’m not certain whether I chose to be a fishing guide or that guiding chose me, but after several years, I transitioned from an all styles guide to a fly fishing only focus.  While arguable, though born out from my personal experiences, fly fishers tend to be more concerned about the environment they fish within and the fish themselves.  As a guide, I noticed that my impacts on the fishery in the Kenai River were considerably less on fly fishing trips then on trips with a salmon harvest focus and any means (gear/bait) tactics.  I strongly believe in catch and release for resident wild fish and selective harvest of salmon from sustainable fisheries only.  Some years, run strengths my dictate self imposed restrictions beyond allowable limits.  Choosing not to take the largest fish for food from within a population is also a personal choice that can be beneficial to the fishery.

As a guide, I view educating anglers as a huge component to the fishing trip experience. Guiding should go beyond catching and learning to catch fish. Helping our clients to understand the ecosystem, our impacts while fishing and outside threats and concerns to the fishery and habitat are paramount to sustaining our future on the water.

Other thoughts on this subject

Most of us have homewater or possibly several locations where we spend the majority of our time fishing.  Take some ownership.  Learn it.  Find out about the history of your water and how it is today vs. the past.  Is it getting better or worse?  Can you help?  Join a local fishing club or start one with a focus on issues facing your homewater.  Join a national organization that focuses attention on your homewater.  Help, protect, defend and sustain it!

As anglers, it is imperative that we each develop our own code of ethics with a focus on Green Fishing practices.  It is imperative that we take responsibility for sustaining the habitats and the health of the fish we pursue.  It is imperative that we help educate new anglers and show them wonders that fishing can provide.  Sustainable fishing needs sustainable anglers.

Support businesses that support fish.


GreenFish has three primary goals:

1) Improve our fisheries and marine environments

2) Promote responsible and sustainable fishing techniques such as catch & release

3) Promote and protect the sport of recreational fishing for future generations to enjoy

“This blog entry is my submission for the GreenFish and Outdoor Blogger Network Writing Prompt Giveaway”

Fishing and conservation are dependent on one another.  GreenFish offers a fine outline to follow and I’d happily sport any of their apparel.  Good luck and fish on!



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First there was the now infamous post: Fly Fishing needs Dirty Harry

Soon after that came “Elvis Has Left the Building” and the Unaccomplished Angler said:

It was suggested, not by myself but by others, that last week’s Dirty Harry blog entry may have set the bar too high to ever be reached again, by the likes of me anyway. Now that’s not to say that I agree with the suggestion that it was a bar-raising entry, but given the depths of my mediocrity as both an angler and a writer, I believe there is much truth in the assertion that I may have peaked.  Long-time UA supporter Rebecca Garlock (keeper of the Outdooress blog and a Co-Chief Executive of the Outdoor Blogger Network) suggested in the comments section that I was, in fact, “toast”.

Soon there was much speculation and a contest.

Outdoor Blogger Reward Posted


My first thought was in fact, good riddance.  I mean how does a fly fishing guide with rudimentary language skills and no clue about graphic design stand a comparative chance against this kind of blogging genius.  Then I got to thinking some more which hurts my head sometimes.  If this guy truly is a genius (thank goodness for spell check) then he’s up to something.

Here are some comment clues quoted from the man himself:

“I’ve actually met this Werner person you speak of, and he is not to be trusted. I’ve read his blog, which is marginal at best. To be honest, he’s a bit long-winded for my tastes and his retirement actually came as a relief to me. However, his children’s books featuring Olive the woolly bugger are excellent, so I hope he makes good use of his reprieve from blogging to create more books in the series.”

“Pat, please just tell us that the swimsuit you wear during summer wet wading is not a Speedo.” (agreed)

“No doubt the Unaccomplished Angler is grateful for your concern, and certainly the author of the Olive the Woolly Bugger books is curious as to what specifically was the initial basis for your less than charitable thoughts regarding the Olive books? In the UK the term “bugger” has a somewhat different meaning than here in the states, but I doubt that was it…?”

“I’ve got fish to try to catch, and a job to look for (if you’re hiring, drop me a line. Seriously).”

It’s been fun while it lasted—at least for me—but I smell burnt toast.

I’m going fishing.  Tightlines,

For my money, the Unaccomplished Angler is up to the following:

–          Watching cooking shows on cable, I mean the man is clearly an unaccomplished cook.  Who can’t make toast?

–          Roaming the rivers of the Northwest with his posse of Rogue Angles while Chucking Line and Chasing Tail.

–          Creating Wind Knots and Tangled Lines (he is unabashedly unaccomplished) and occasionally catching a Bad Fish.

–          Listening to the Allmen Brothers while following the comments on the Outdoor Blogger Network

–          Working on a brilliant new post that will cement his notoriety and lead to Clint Eastwood taking his call.

–          Writing the script for the movie that will launch his new career in showbiz and help fly anglers become heroes.


Bring it home for us man!

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