Is Fly Fishing Only Catch and Release?

Fly fishing is an art form that has been around for centuries, and is a popular choice for anglers all around the world. It is also a great way to relax and enjoy nature. However, there is a debate amongst anglers as to whether fly fishing should be catch-and-release only.

On one side of the argument, catch-and-release fly fishing allows anglers to practice their skills without disrupting the environmental balance of the ecosystem.

It also allows for a more sustainable approach to fishing, which can be beneficial in preserving fish stocks for future generations. This can also help maintain healthy populations of fish species in their natural habitats.

On the other side, some anglers argue that they should be allowed to keep some of their catches in order to enjoy them as meals or as souvenirs. Keeping a few fish can also help provide food for families or even contribute to local economies by providing employment opportunities in fisheries or other related industries.


Fly fishing is a great way to relax and enjoy nature but whether it should be catch-and-release only is still open to debate. While catch-and-release can help maintain healthy populations of fish species it may not provide enough sustenance for some people. Ultimately, it’s up to individual anglers to decide if they would like to practice catch-and-release only or if they would rather keep some of their catches.

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Michael Allen