How to Properly Handle Trout
A lot of trout do not need to be netted or handled to safely release them nor should they be taken out of the water too long for the grip and grin photos. Trout are a lot more fragile than many warm water species which is important to consider when handling them. You could release them in the water by pinching the hook with a hemostat or a very thin needlenose plier and give it a light twist or lift will remove the hook. Just be careful not to pinch the knot or you’ll give the fish some free jewelry. If trout must be handled, I would recommend using a fine mesh or rubber net designed especially for trout. Those fine meshed nets were designed to absorb and trap a small amount of water. So instead of scraping against the net, the fish will lay on a thin film of water. Fish usually flop around a lot less in those fine mesh net. If you must touch trout and you intend to release it, be sure to wet your hands first.
Keep the following rules in mind:
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