Avon & Tributaries Angling Association

Catch & Release Technique

'Best practice’ for handling trout on our ‘Catch and Release’ water:

a. Use barbless, de-barbed or barb-flattened hooks
b. Do not use too fine a point on your cast in relation to fly size
c. Play the fish quickly
d. Only use a (knotless – by law) landing net if absolutely necessary
e. Release the fish without touching it if possible
f. If the fish is held the hand should be wetted and cooled in the river
first. On no account should the fish be squeezed.
g. Hold the fish head to current until it is sufficiently recovered to swim away
(may take a long time with large fish or in high water temperatures)

(This advice also holds true for handling fish on our ‘coarse’ sections.)