• The Hero Shot

    The Wet Addiction crew just took a trip to the Frying Pan River in Basalt, Colorado and had a great time.

    We fished some new water and caught some big fish.

    Going back through the pictures though I felt that something was missing. I caught some massive fish, the largest I’ve ever caught but from the pictures they didn’t look as big as I remember them.

    Yeah I know that we all exaggerate and that what was once a 16″ fish turns into a 24″ monster in the retelling and in our memories but this is different.

    I looked at my pictures compared to Andrew’s pictures and realized that yes the fish did look smaller than I remembered and it was all my fault.

    I have a problem when it comes to holding fish. It seems every time I catch a good sized fish, I can’t get a good grip on it and I end up with my hands in the way of the fish.

    Too much hands, hunched over, and a crappy background.

    Too much hands, hunched over, and a crappy background.

    Again there's too much hands, not enough fish and I'm holding this huge brown at bad angle.

    Again there’s too much hands, not enough fish and I’m holding this huge brown at bad angle.

    There are quite a few problems with the above hero shots but we’ll focus on the grip today.

    the fingers of my right hand come up too high and rest on the trout’s lateral line causing it to squirm. To counteract the fish squirming I wrap my left around the tail with the back of my hand facing out because I feel I get a better grip this way.

    This is all wrong.

    If I simply support the fish with my right hand and keep my fingers out of the way the fish won’t squirm which leaves my left hand free to get out of the way and just support the fish.

    Andrew is good at this.

    Notice how he keeps his hands out of the way so you can see the fish.

    Notice how he keeps his hands out of the way so you can see the fish.

    And again, he keeps his hands out of the way so you can seethe unique coloration of this Frying Pan brown.

    And again, he keeps his hands out of the way so you can see the unique coloration of this Frying Pan brown.

    Andrew does a great job of supporting the fish rather than gripping them and the result is that the fish are more relaxed and the pictures turn out better because you get to see the fish rather than his mitts.

    So if you’re like me the next time you catch a big fish try and remember to support the fish rather than grip it. You’ll be happy that you did.