"Do you know how to catch a trout, Danny, without using a rod and line? No, I said. How? You tickle him."



Trout tickling was a technique used by poachers, particularly in the Great Depression of the 1930s. Rubbing a trout's underbelly produced a trance-like state in the fish, allowing it to be lifted out of the water. Crucially, there was no fishing equipment to incriminate the poachers if they were apprehended by game-keepers.