MemberDecember 17, 2019 at 3:39 am
I don’t want this to be harsh–however, the comment sections seem to be quite toxic lately.
I once posted a picture handling a fish incorrectly and someone privately messaged me with recommendations on how to handle that species. It made me a better fisherman. I love /r/flyfishing but I think the comment sections are getting out of hand.
I think we should remove pictures where fish aren’t handled correctly and include a message on how to handle them. I’d like to use it as a teaching moment rather than bashing new fisher(wo)men. Let’s be uplifting while respecting the fish.
lat46southGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 3:39 am
While I agree about the safe handling of fish (and for the most part I practice catch and release) , does that then mean that anyone taking fish to eat can no longer post photos here?
BJ_GiaccoGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 3:39 am
Whoah now, we’re not here to share a passion and better ourselves and each other we’re here to show the world how much better we are than everybody else /s
It sounds like a great idea, wonder how it would play out in practice.
fishnogeekGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 3:39 am
You’d actually be amazed at the number of posts that I’ve killed before they’ve even gotten to the page for this exact reason. When I have time, I write the submitter a polite note explaining that I’ve removed their post because of the backlash it would inevitably receive and attempt to encourage them to research safe fish handling practices. Most of the time that’s been fairly well-received. Not always, mind you. I’m sure the other mods are catching other posts that I don’t.
Thing is, it’s a very tricky balance to keep. On the one side, not every OP reveals whether the fish was going to be released or legally harvested for the frying pan. Also, it’s a global site, and both regulations and cultural norms vary wildly. Supposing that what practices would pass muster for trout in Bozeman or Basalt should apply absolutely everywhere and for every species reeks of naivete at best, and at worst, rank elitism with a heavy dash of presumptuous cultural hegemony.
We’re therefore attempting to thread the needle between encouraging respectful discourse and best-practice conservation methods while also trying not to offend or discourage newcomers to the sport who may be well-intentioned but simply don’t yet fully understand the importance of safe fish handling while simultaneously tamping down the elitism yet allowing egregious offenses to be appropriately shamed in public, as they well and truly deserve.
We understand that a fair bit of this work is highly subjective, and we certainly don’t catch everything. But in practice….well, moddin’ ain’t easy. I hope this helps somewhat to clarify the methods behind what might seem madness.
YOLOMaSTERRGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 3:39 am
I feel a sticky outlining basic catch and release practices could help alot with this, especially if it goes as far as to mention some species have different handling requirements, no lipping of trout, etc.
AllswellinEndwellGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 3:39 am
I’m one of the first ones to tell a guy he’s mishandled a fish. I don’t do it for that guys benefit. I do it for the 100 guys who will never post a picture and didn’t know.
You know how I know? I got bashed years ago on a fly fishing forum.
Why try to nerf fly fishing? Ive seen too many guys that are like “yeah but it’s a great fish right?”
Nope. It’s a dead fish. You deserve to get criticism if you want to try to validate yourself on the internet.
Dat_dude01GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 3:39 am
I agree with this. Maybe come up with a post that we can direct people to that can show proper techniques when handling fish.
PaynixtGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 3:39 am
What are the majority of the posts you’re referring to depicting? I typically just scroll through this sub, what type of mishandling are you seeing?
WIEyeGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 3:39 am
I say fish pics need go away for ahwile Or get posted in a weekly “post your fish thread”. Darts has a daily news thread so the reddit stays clean. No reason to have 5 posts on same news. Something like that would be nice imho.
ErikKoballsackGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 3:39 am
Eh, if you can’t handle criticism I’d avoid the internet all together.
dodgydodgersonGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 3:39 am
Pro tip: kill the fish and it won’t suffer
gc4lifeGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 3:39 am