Generally, on small waters, we tend to practice catch and release. We are not opposed to sustenance fishing and do so on occasion ourselves. And that is not the focus of this post to be honest, but rather, the idea of fish being too small to catch and what that line of thinking does for our sport.
It's no secret that we love to fish small waters, generally freestone rivers that run out of the rocky mountains, but we’re not opposed to fishing a beautiful, clear spring creek at times. But we've fished larger rivers and have nothing but respect for those waters, but they're just not our preferred fisheries. We've caught fish that the minute that you set the hook the fish is out of the water and you realize that on big waters that fish is probably smaller than some streamers used. And we've caught fish that have bent the rod and made you regret hooking into such a monster.
Sometimes we forget the thrill of that tug on the end of our line. For some reason we focus on the size of the fish and not the fight of the fish. There is a thrill when the line goes taut that happens regardless of the size of the fish. There is an excitement that is never surpassed when a fish rises and inhales that dry fly that you landed perfectly over their head. These feelings happen regardless of the size of the fish. Get out there and get over yourself, sometimes the best fish of the day is the smallest. As always, Good Luck and Guid Luck!