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Jonathan Hill
"jfred17" - Guest Blogger


Guest Blog by: Jonathan Hill 4/6/2012

So I realize that a tug is a tug. I should be happy that a fish was fooled by a fly I tied, took the bait, and that I got to have a little fun with him for a bit. But I want to know who came up with the ‘Long Distance Release’ saying,

Don't get me wrong, it's a great phrase. It helps ease the pain of not getting the fish into the net. It helps to justify the fact that you must have done something wrong — had too much or too little line tension, didn’t have the rod high enough in the air, or just that the fish was smart enough to know how to jump at just the right angle to get that fly unhooked.

These things happen to everyone at some point or another, but hopefully for me, they'll happen less frequently the better I become at fly fishing. But every time I have a fish on for more than a few seconds, I am already picturing it in my net. When that doesn’t happen it can be a bit frustrating. Recently I was fishing the rainbow spawn and had the biggest fish of the day on the line. It must have been at least a couple of minutes, which feels like an eternity, and then the fly popped out. Frustrating to say the least, but then my friend said to me “Hey, nice LDR, at least you didn’t have to mess with the net and the fly stuck in its mouth.”

Although true, this statement didn’t make me feel any better. I was looking forward to holding the 28” rainbow (well probably closer to 20”, but in my head I’m sticking with 28”). It’s frustrating to know that I may have done something wrong, — that I should have been more aware of exactly where the fish was going.

But at the end of the day I got over my mishap and was excited to have had a fish on the line. So until I become a master angler, I will have to live with my love/hate relationship with the term "Long Distance Release.”

And as long as we are discussing LDRs, might as throw up some video proof of it in action.


Jon grew up in the country outside of Buffalo, NY and started fishing at an early age with his uncle and cousins on Lake Erie. After moving to North Carolina, he developed a knack for bass fishing. A good friend gave Jon his first fly fishing setup when he moved to Colorado nine years ago and he has been fly fishing ever since. Jon works full time in the digital graphics field and does as much hiking, fly fishing and snowboarding as possible. Jon currently lives in Littleton, CO with his wife Karen and three-year old son Brennon.
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Blog Comments
Show me da fishy, CO   4/6/2012 10:57:27 AM
Great Article! I can't imagine how rewarding it must be to create your own bait and see it working in action! How fun. thanks for this!
Dangly, CO   4/6/2012 11:14:46 AM
thats why i only tie flies with extra large barb treble hooks....
Vanish, CO   4/6/2012 1:09:05 PM
Funny, you guys taught me the LDR phrase!
Lloyd Tackitt, TX   4/6/2012 1:21:22 PM
When I release one like that I check my hook's sharpness and sometimes find that it is a tad bit dull. Whether it was dull before or after that fish is a question that can only be answered by checking the hook often - something I tend to not do as often as I should.
itchyreelfinger, CO   4/6/2012 1:58:02 PM
I kind of like LDR'ing....the fish is always bigger when nobody can prove you wrong....:)
moosegoose, CO   4/6/2012 4:02:16 PM
Less painful when you do not actually see the fish. Then, in my mind I can call it a small stocker.
aerofanbig, CO   4/6/2012 6:04:02 PM
LDR is heart breaking when its a good fish. However, the fish spitting the hook at the shore as you are about to reach down for it...well, that is just considerate of the fish for not making you get your hands wet lol especially in the cold waters of early season.
Jonathan Hill (jfred17), CO   4/7/2012 5:38:11 PM
Well, I jinxed myself by writing this I think, haha. Definitely heart broken. Had a great hike and some fishing with good friends today. Only had one bite and he was a beauty, But as you can guess, he was a LDR. Great day to be on the water though!
coloradonative, CO   4/8/2012 7:23:27 AM
It's always fun to dance, but much sweeter to hold your prize! To bad you didn't stick that pig! The hike was worth it!
Lloyd Tackitt, TX   4/10/2012 11:20:02 AM
Those LDRs are something I have experience with too. I definitely like SDRs better.
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