(A writing to
Dewey Gillespie from a very respected friend AJH)
The fish fights hard, but the gentle persuasion with which the
experienced angler can put on the fish, will allow him time to slide his net
beneath a tired fish and land it. A net is an excellent method of landing a
salmon. The net should be positioned in the water and the salmon drawn over
it by the angler at which time it is lifted, engulfing and securing the fish.
The netted fish also suffers no injury and comes ashore unmarred by any
wounds. He too, may be released without injury if that is the wish of the
angler and care is taken in his handling. The best procedure is to keep the
fish in the water, disengage the fly and then reverse the net without lifting
it above the surface.