I've been thinking about all these pictures of fish & the happy fishermen who get to hold them and I have a few thoughts. How about spending less time framing in your face and more effort getting that fish back in the water. I love pictures of beautiful trout, but most pictures I see dont focus on the trout so much, but the person who caught the trout holding the fish and the pretty background, etc...
Nobody needs proof that you can catch fish (look, ma! there i am and there is the fish that I caught).
So I say- take a picture of the fish....not your face.
And I know there will be a few who chime in about how they have a good routine down for a smooth hook removal/photo/release and to them I say GOOD FOR YOU. But I doubt its that smooth 100% of the time and I'd wager that many C&R anglers lack good fish handling experience due to inexperience and thats perfectly ok. Just asking people to think a little about the harm they could be inflicting.
As C&R fishermen we have to become comfortable in our own minds about a certain level of mortality associated with our hobby. But we are responsible to MINIMIZE this in any way, and I dont really regard you fishing photographers as taking all the necessary steps to minimize trout mortality.
Just something to think about as we move into some prime time trout fishing. I cant wait, and best of luck to you all.