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Isn't ALL salmon fishing, fishing in spawning rivers? Unless you go sea fishing for salmon, you're fishing for fish that are on their spawning run. The size of the river can hardly have any significance.
As I have said before regarding spawning fish: you decide whether it's ethical to fish for them or not. Personally I prefer not to, but I don't condemn those who do as long as they abide the rules and laws. And in general the fish will see more hardship during their run than you can offer them with a hook and line. These fish seem to be fine and swim readily when released. I don't think we need to worry.
And as far as I know the Wisconsin salmon are landlocked Pacific salmon, and will die after they have spawned - so as long as we release them unharmed to continue their task, I have a hard time imagining that this does any damage.
Regarding the flies, I have fished for salmon using two Icelandic Snelda's on one line, and if that is fly fishing, then this is too.
Why did you put this video in here? Fishing in the small spawning rivers is irresponsible and not sportmanlike. And by the way...the flies do not really look like flies!
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