I have spent a long time learning how to catch fish, particularly bass. I have also invested time in trying to return them as effectively as possible, at times I know this is cannot always be the case or always possible but its a part of the daily process of guiding to try to ensure good fish ‘returns’.
Currently I’m looking even further at how I might improve other aspects and impacts the business may be having in the coastal environment. I am trying to learn how best to minimise these impacts and indeed pass that knowledge on to other anglers who may be interested.
In a world subjected to ever increasing recreational pressure every little bit of work and effort helps. I have always felt that no matter what else may be happening and who may be responsible I believe its important to try to do something better, to be seen to be trying, to have the ability to say this is what I am doing to help things – At the heart of Leave No Trace are the 7 principles for reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities.
One of those outdoor activities is of course angling and angling encapsulates a lot of the topics below. These are the principles that I attempt to adhere to as much as possible when either guiding or personally fishing. Make none and Leave none – they are yours to interpret and apply to your fishing when you can. Make it difficult for others to see or hear you and Leave No Trace of your presence
I have also included the nine associated behaviours as issued by the Fly Fishing Federations’ Code of Angling Ethics.
Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be Considerate of Others
Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife
Travel and Camp on Durable Ground
Durable ground includes established tracks and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.
In popular areas:
In more remote areas:
Leave What You Find
Dispose of Waste Properly
Minimise the Effects of Fire