If there's one principle of catch and release that I try to follow it's to always wet hands before handling fish to minimize damage to their delicate slime layer, which helps protect the fish from disease.
I was really surprised when I saw this from the Department of Fish and Game:
Donít wet your hands: it makes the fish more difficult to handle
OK, possibly you could make that argument for salmon that will soon die anyway, but for trout? I don't buy it and I think it's very poor advice.
What do you think?