I practice catch and release, I did not catch or kill this fish. I found it dead.
Not long ago while fishing one of our local waters with Chul, we found a dead 10 inch brown floating in a small pool along the bank. When we finished fishing, we backtracked examine the fish. I was ready to leave it when Chul suggested I take it home to do a gyotaku print of it. So I did and placed it in a ziplock bag and hiked out of there. Within the next few days I tried to make a print of it but all them came out poorly. So I simply put the fish back into the freezer for another day.
The rice paper I was using was simply too thin and had a propensity to tear. I emailed Koji to see what type of rice paper his friend's were using in Japan. He made a few suggestions but none were available, to my knowledge, here in the States. When Koji made me aware that he will be taking a business to LA I asked him to bring me some of that paper. I defrosted the trout and have begun using the paper Koji gave me. It is thick and I've yet to tear it. Although the paper is good my technique is not. I am just beginning to get the hang of it but I still have a long way to go before I really make a great looking print.