I gave someone an update on my Sunday’s crummy fishing, and they proceeded to send me a reminder of the weekend before (with enclosed compliments on my release technique):
I remember the mud on my fingertips.
The picture does this beautiful wild brown trout justice, but it doesn’t portray what I remembered being pretty poor handling skills. I was holding this fish gently while unhooking, and she squirmed out of my hands and onto the the muddy bank. I gave plenty of time for relaxed revival in the cool water, and she darted away nicely. But I still felt a bit bad about it. Keeping them in a net and in the water while unhooking, grabbing a quick pic and then getting them back in the water just as fast is the preferred methodology.