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Fish Tale

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Flyfishing, catching and releasing a brown trout
The fish flips, flaps, and fights within the tangled mass of netting. It thrashes about, struggling, getting more entangled with each attempt to release itself. It rests, exhausted, for just a few minutes, then begins its futile attempts again. This goes on repeatedly for a long time. Eventually the fish hovers between awareness and half-consciousness. A cupped hand reaches down, cradling the fish as it begins flailing once again. A soothing voice says, “Hey, buddy, calm down. Take it easy. Let me help you here.” The fish fights and struggles, making it more difficult for the gentle hands to remove the

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