I sent a follow up email to the FFS to apologize if the fish were only out of the water for a couple seconds. (Still bad form in my opinion since you know the clients weren't the first to handle the fish, etc.). I also added your suggestion for their next issue. Hope they can help to educate.He does, whether in the moment, that's remembered is another question. I can almost guarantee you if Mark took the photo the fish wasn't out of the water for more than three or four seconds. If I remember the photo credits correctly (looked at them a couple of hours ago) he only took one of the bunch.
But for his next news letter, how to 'properly' handle a fish for a photo, would be a good topic. Personally, I never allow the fish to come out of the water for a photo. Their entire bodies are built for that element, nothing else.
Would you disagree with the notion that how long a fish is played and how it's handled for release has a much more significant impact on its potential to survive than whether or not it was hooked? The line isn't that blurry for me.So you can hook the fish in the face, and drag it around the river until its beat tired, then send it back on its spawning ritual..in which it needs all the energy it can get...and that's ok?
Just want to make sure there's a clear line of acceptable behavior when it comes to how far you're allowed to test the life of a wild steelhead.
Wouldn't the best approach to taking care of these fish be not fishing for them at all?
AH yes..the ethics of bloodsport...