Zane Grey Catch and Release Fishing Derby
Zane Grey was an avid fisherman throughout his life. Growing up in Zanesville, OH in the last decades of the 19th century, young Zane found an unlikely companion and mentor in a lovable tramp whose nickname was Old Muddy Miser. Old Muddy Miser was the man responsible for teaching Zane about fishing and encouraging him to pursue the sport no matter where he ended up in life. Taking Old Muddy Miser's words to heart, Zane spent as much time as he could fishing. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry he established a successful practice in Manhattan.
At the turn of the 20th century the Upper Delaware region became a refuge from the sweltering and crowded conditions in New York City. Located on the banks of the Delaware River, Lackawaxen, PA offered a convenient and quiet place to escape and allowed Zane easy access to some of the best fishing in the area. The Delaware River was very important to Zane Grey's career as well. Some of his professionally written articles were about fishing on the Delaware River. In 1902 the article "A Day on the Delaware" was published in Recreation magazine.
This tournament is open to all anglers, no pre-registration or entry fee. To enter, simply take a photo of your brown, rainbow or brook trout or smallmouth bass placed on the "Official Ruler" and email it to email@example.com along with the name of the angler, age if in youth division, and certify that the entered fish was caught in "Zane Grey" Waters and promptly released unharmed to the water. Dead fish not eligible. Winners will be contacted by return email, prior to July 12, 2014.
Catch and Release Protocols
Pinch the barb on your single hook. Play the fish quickly. Wet your hands or use a catch and release landing net. Remove fish briefly from the water for the photo only. Avoid the eyes and gills while using a hemostat to remove the hook. If hooked too deeply, cut the line and release promptly. Face the fish upstream, gently "swim" in the current to help water through the gills. Once the fish recovers, RELEASE. Be thankful for the fish!
Did You Know?
Prolific western author Zane Grey lived in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania from 1905-1918. He began his writing career relating stories of his experiences fishing along the Upper Delaware River. Lackawaxen always held a special place in his memories, and was chosen as the site of his final resting place.