Catch And Release

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    No, that's not Jennifer Garner (I wish) but a fellow angler releasing a small grilse (a grilse being a one sea winter salmon weighing about 3 to 3 1/2 pounds) I caught on the Pinware River in Labrador. Since this one was just in from the ocean ( I fish mostly in the tidal pools) its colors were intense! The photo does not even come close to capturing the irridescent silvers, purples, blues, and greys!
    As are most of them in the lower part of the river, this one was a magnificent fighter. The pleasures of fly fishing are many but the four main ones are...getting a fish to rise for the fly; actually hooking it...which,for me, is the ultimate pleasure; playing it...especially if it's a fighter; and the second best thing...releasing it. I like where the right hand is held in this photo but not that the head is out of water. The left hand, I hope you notice, is not pinching the tail of the fish... just supporting it. That is definitely a good thing.So, two out of three on the release style. This is my fish ... but, not me releasing it. It is an angler who was nearby.

    Shelley Bean (Michelle Power), and 9 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. mtstradling 92 months ago | reply

      Fine photo of a tremendous fish! It looks as if it would give all the fight you want and then some.

    2. eyetoafrica 92 months ago | reply

      Great looking Samon,and shot.

    3. altamons 92 months ago | reply

      Must have taken a lot of discipline to release such a fish. What a beautiful specimen. And so nicely photographed to capture the detail.
      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    4. shotzy 92 months ago | reply

      After reading your capture, and liking the colours of the salmon already, I can just imagine the intensity you talk of. Wow.

    5. thru jens eyes 92 months ago | reply

      wow...that's a really pretty fish!
      ....pretty pic too :)

    6. Lees2dent 92 months ago | reply

      YOW! Now that's what I call fishin'

    7. ash2276  92 months ago | reply

      Awesome catch! I miss fishing...

    8. Aaron of NEPA 92 months ago | reply

      Diggin' the water ripples... :-)

      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    9. Des Pink 92 months ago | reply

      Now - if you tell me you dry fly'd to catch that one....I'll be even more jealous. Work has kept me from any rivers this summer.

    10. Zircon_215 92 months ago | reply

      Nope...only dry fly fish on the Grandy's.

    11. RockN 91 months ago | reply

      Nicely caught and nicely captured!

    12. annaxsite 91 months ago | reply

      We are currently gathering images to become part of a Bluetooth exhibition at the DOTT 07 festival in Newcastle Upon Tyne on the 16th October 2007. The festival is a celebration of sustainable living and part of this is a section about salmon. The Tyne Salmon Trail will be an art/sculpture trail commissioned by the Environment Agency, designed by us xsite architecture, that will run the length of the River Tyne and will launch this November (07). We are looking for permissions to use peoples images, there will be no monetary gain involved, it is purely an educational project. Would it be possible to use any relevant images you may have, you will obviously be credited where the images are used.

      You can contact me on and find more information about the project on our website

    13. threesalmon 90 months ago | reply

      This Great Photographic Art was made by a Diamond Class Photographer!
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    14. harpastatic 86 months ago | reply

      thank you for pictures like this.

    15. Ginkyhackle 78 months ago | reply

      Wonderfully vivid. This photo is a poem in sliver and blue. Please consider submitting to Trout Streams and Rivers You've Fly Fished.

    16. Wise_A 72 months ago | reply

      Awesome fish!! We'd love to have you join our free site and post this picture on there - its incredible!

    17. slappyheythere 58 months ago | reply

      That is a nice looking fish, quite similar to the jack coho here...

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