Another fishing season is coming to an end. The last date for trout on the Clark Fork River will be Nov. 30. For me, it's just been another frustrating season.
I have caught, all told, a dozen or so trout, and have had to release them all, as they were cutthroat or cutty/rainbow crosses.
The problem for me is this: At 65, I cannot catch a single trout that I can keep. They are all cutthroat or cutty/rainbrow crosses.
All I would ever keep, and I wonder if there are other old guys like, is one fish which would be my supper. Catch that one trout and I pack up and go. Understand, I can neither afford to buy a trout at a store nor can I travel hither and yon to catch a fish where different regulations govern.
I have friends who are skilled fly fishermen who catch 20-30 trout a day, which they release. At least 10 percent of the fish they catch will die as a result of being caught.
Why are skilled fishermen allowed to kill two or three fish or more, while a poor fella like me is denied a single "keeper"?