Landing Fish by yourself with a Double-Handed Rod

by Peter Charles via hooked4lifeca

nice, simple, in control throughout the whole process and a billion times better than beaching the fish downstream (read dragging the poor thing onto the shore).
this is a very effective way to land your fish smoothly while reducing stress to the angler and more importantly to the fish.
note that while the video is intended for long double-hand rods this method is equally effective for rods of all lengths and single-hand fishing. although not ‘fashionable’ in the double-hand world, we’ll also notice that this manner enables the use of a large wading-style net which is in my opinion always the better option on all levels for the fish and the angler.

“If he bolts, let him go and just repeat it all over again”. (twice the fun !) 😉

2 thoughts on “Landing Fish by yourself with a Double-Handed Rod

  1. Why is this a *Billion* times better than beaching a fish? The fish can be left in the shallows and not dragged completely out of the water. Seems to me there’s a very good chance of breaking the rod this way, having the fish panic and rip the hook out, or put the hook into your waders, or run between your legs. It also states it helps if the current is not too strong. What happens it it is? What then? the vast majority of the places I fish double handed have way more current than this. Sorry but not the most helpful video I’ve seen. Here’s an idea? Take a net! Lie the net in the water and guide the fish into it with side strain on the rod., pick net up! Job done.

    • Carl, none of your nightmare scenarios have ever happened. I’ve never broken a rod doing this for two reasons:, the ’emergency loops’ and drawing the fish close with gentle pressure. Look at the bend in the rod — it’s hardly stressed.

      It’s a matter of timing. If we try this when the fish is still too hot, then it can snap the leader when we’re hand lining it back. As far as fast current are concerned, then simply step down to the fish. If we get the fish slightly upstream of us, then the fast currents actually work in our favour, for the current brings the fish and leader right to hand. Often the fish can be lured into running upstream, saving us the bother.

      I’ve used this method for years with single handers, but used to bring fish into the shallows and tip them when using a two-hander. Started doing this a few years back with the big rods and now only bring a fish into the shallows for the camera.

      This fish I picked up for the video, but normally, I just reach down with the forceps and slip the hook. It’s the lowest stress method possible for the gills are only out of the water for a second or two and the fish is never handled by net or hands. I have three nets in the garage, but they now never leave as this method is so quick and efficient.

      Don’t knock it, try it.

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