,ovement to keep the fish as wet as possible, minimising air exposure and stress when captured, was founded by Bryan Huskey from USA. KeepEmWet Fishing is more than a hashtag for your pics on Instagram and Facebook. It is a collection of principles & tips that aid the survival rate of the fish that you have caught and you plan to release. Catch & Release (C&R) might seem a trivial thing, but the scientific evidence has defined plenitude of deeds that hamper the survival chance of fish that are caught, handled, photographed, and released if the above is mal-practised.
The movement has caught on fire also in Slovenia, prime fly fishing rivers in Europe, and one of the most prominent endorsers and preachers is definitely Uroš Kristan, founder of UrkoFishingAdventures. Uroš thank you for the photos below.
And where does our festival fit in? Well, everywhere and every aspect. We promote fly fishing on our rivers in Slovenia, we want to preserve and protect our trout species, we want to conserve our wild rivers, we want this tourism to be sustainable. So, we inherently need to respect the principles of KeepEmWet in order to have healthy fish, to have plenty of fish, to have them all the time for everyone.
As Bryan has found “With the eventual rise of social media, images of fish that were caught, photographed, then released, began to flood my screen. Many of these images showcased very rough handling for any fish that could be expected to survive, and few times if ever was this commented on. I wanted a way to express support for better handling of fish photographed then released, a statement of my own that others could adopt if they chose.”
Sometimes it seems as if the photo on Facebook was taken before the fish was actually landed. Taking photo of a fish and posting it on social media has achieved almost the same nirvana as catching the fish. And, along this process people forgot to handle the fish properly, with respect that it is a living creature that we used to hunt for food. When rough handling shows up on social media, I wish these people would be fishing for food, because at least they would eat what they might have killed unknowingly after 5 min of juggling and photo shooting.
It is time to speak out if we see rough handling and remind co-fisherman of the KeepEmWet principles in order to have sustainable fisheries, tourism and river management. Dear visitors of our rivers we kindly ask you to respect our rivers, our fish, and follow #keepemwet principles and tips.
Idrija Fly Fishing Festival and RD Idrija endorse the KeepEmWet principles.
For more info on #keepemwet visit the official website: www.keepemwet.org