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An early example of enlightened thinking. For its time. This is from a book published over a hundred years ago, and the author and a certain William T. Hornaday challenge the "too-liberal fish laws" of Washington.
Note, though, that Hornaday pronounces this catch as "three times too many for one rod." I count sixty-five fish hanging, and it looks like the creel is full, say, maybe another fifteen in there. That means a reasonable brace of trout for one rod would have been twenty-six or twenty-seven fish.
Those are all probably wild fish, too. If only someone had come up with catch and release about then. I'd love to be catching those trout's great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandchildren.
And I wouldn't mind catching twenty-seven of them in a morning. Or sixty-five or eighty of them, for that matter.
And then letting them go.