Fly anglers, for the most part are devout conservationists. Most every fish is considered a sport fish, destined to be caught and then released, rarely harvested. The sport is in the act of watching a wild specimen be fooled to take your fly. Even better if you happened to tie that fly yourself!
This intensity has led to many opinions on everything fishing, from conservation, angling practices, scientific study and of course the fish’s well being. One opinion gaining popularity is the Keepemwet philosophy which supports responsible angling and fish handling techniques with respect to catch and release.
Mark Melnyk’s excellent article just posted on our web magazine describes the three basic principles of this movement.
Click here to read: https://www.thenewflyfisher.com/articles/keepemwet/