In all fairness I do think the fish landing and handling displayed in this vid (which was beautifully done btw!) was way above standard ďhero shotĒ stuff in so many vids. Maybe this wasnít the best person or video to take issue with for fish handling? What little studies Iíve read seem to address the obvious, but have been less than conclusive about the risks of say 2-5 seconds from the water. From what I saw in the video I canít really say that any obvious harm came from his handling?
I really have to question most blanket statements about fish handling, as I see it more as a total combination of effects. State of the fish, water temps, how quickly the fish is landed, how it is landed, etc; all these factors should be taken into account, and I would hazard a guess that there are probably times where the combination of all these other factors may be more potentially harmful to the fish than a quick in and out photo of a fish under more ideal circumstances.
At any rate, thanks for sharing the vid Triplespey and welcome to Speypages. If I could offer a small critique on landing the fish, it would be to work on tailing them in a bit deeper water rather than hauling them up into the shallows as so many people do. It can be a bit of a challenge, but thatís true of fly fishing for steelhead in general. It can be MUCH easier with a friend to help in this case of course, though itís quite doable solo so long as your tippet is stout. Again, I think the handling you showed in the video is FAR better than what most videos portray, but we can all probably work a bit to do more to help spread the word in the angling community to help minimize our own impacts as much as possible.