Sustainable harvest

On a good day when the fish are biting, why don't we try following?
 ・Bring home only those that I and my family can consume (no need to feed the entire villagers)
 ・Bring home only those that can be consumed within three days (no need to clog up the freezer)
 ・Bring home only those that I can clean and prepare for myself (not out-sourcing this trickiest of the jobs)

When caught enough, just quit and go home. If we all have at least this much self control, we should be able to enjoy the precious fun of fishing in a much healthier, more enjoyable and sustainable way.

Or why don't we do some good in return? For example we often find tins, plastic bags and cigarette butts in a least wanted locations. Those disgraceful things are there as a result of the misconduct of ourselves. I know we fishermen shall never litter but that is not enough. The challenge for us is how often we can reach out for them and bring them home. I swear I commit to it. And hope you'd also join the worthy battle, please.
To survive together

Fishing originated as a means of survival. On the basis of this archaic form of fishing, many regard fish simply as livelihood to kill and eat. True, it may not be all that logical to release fish you caught for an effort.

But we the contemporary people must also face a sobering fact: the world's human population, which was 2billion in 1900, tripled to 6billion by 2000 - while the earth hasn't grown bigger by an inch. How much more can the earth do for us is no longer the question. Time has come when we must change our way of life, so we can better co-exist with other lives. And we fishermen, with our eternal foe and friend, the fish.

I admit fishing is, whether kill or not, a cruel act. But it'd be fair to say that through fishing we can come a step closer to the otherwise alien world beneath. Through fishing we gain perspectives, touch mysteries, and in due course even learn a wisdom or two. Catch and release is not the solution to all the problems we face, but it does indicate a potential way how the man and the nature can live, or survive together.
Fish wise

I'm not a vegetarian myself and know how rewarding it is to cook and enjoy one's own catch. But when even the seven great oceans are getting depleted of prime fish stocks - tuna, cods, herrings, , , - we just cannot remain indifferent. Thereby I especially mean Japanese, the biggest consumer of fish.

Here are a few simple facts: a bream needs 2 years to reach 20cm while a rock bass needs 5. In 4 years a salmon grows to 80cm but a sea bass needs 10. Of course all lives weigh equal in front of the God, but talking strictly of eco-conservation, there're important differences we can easily learn, and that help us to fish wise and eat wise.
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And why flyfishing?

Fishing is fishing in whatever a form, and flyfishing isn't free from above acknowledged critics.

That said, in relative terms flyfishing is fish friendlier because, first of all, it generally catch less than bait fishing does. Secondly, flyfishing is more process-oriented, where observation and imitation are the order of the day, and as such it steers fishermen's focus away from quantity but more onto quality.
A fish you won is therefore not just a piece meat to grill, but a sign of recognition for your skill and, some would even say, the art you've mastered.

Now, warm welcome to the world of flyfishing.
Mysteries in the water

Leaving its beauty on one side, pristine mountain stream is a lonesome place. There are not much gourmet pleasure, where insects adrift make the precious few meals to survive on, and even that is a limited offer during the warmer half of the year.

A Scottish friend once told me: While trekking up in the highlands, he found a little fish he could not identify. Inspection of the tooth confirmed it was an arctic char, and surprisingly, 15 years of age. The world in the water is ruled by the providence of its own. And some part of which is never to be revealed for us humans.
Catch & Release