Good Fishing: One Flyfisherman's Story

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For the working ethics series, we have been touring the community, talking with people about the ethics of their work. So, this got us thinking:  what do people do when they are NOT working? And is their free time really ethics-free? 

We asked this question when we ran into Luke Jansen, an English teacher and Dean of Students at Ann Arbor Greenhills School.  Where is he when he is NOT working? Luke, as it turns out, is a dedicated flyfisherman. Dedicated enough to talk us through some of the ethical hooks ripping on the lips of nonfishers everywhere.

On the banks: do fishermen and women have a code of ethics? What do they see as their obligations?  And while wading in the rivers: are they doing fish a favor when they practice 'catch and release?'  Likewise, is it really right to 'play a fish?'   

As more people crowd the banks and wade in rivers, many of them without fishing gear, what should good fishing mean? And what is fishing good for anyway?

Yes, we know. There are alot of fish stories out there, including stories told from the point of view of the fish.

Luke Jansen tells us his own flyfisherman's story, and why he thinks there is, not only good fishing in Michigan rivers, but the good in fishing too.

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