After I posted Will Long’s how-to article on taking your own “grip-and-grin” shots when you’re fishing alone, I got a pretty forceful message from a good friend and hardcore angler who was upset by the very notion of someone taking his or her own photo. In his mind, taking the time to get yourself set up doesn’t take into account what’s best for the fish:
I don’t have any issue at all with fish pics – as you probably know, I take a bunch – but I never, ever leave a fish in a net to beat itself up while I’m setting up a shot. That’s incredibly disrespectful to the fish, and shows a lack of regard for the resource.
A couple commenters on Facebook shared my friend’s view, although many others clearly appreciated Long’s advice. So I figured it was worth taking the pulse of the Orvis News audience on this issue.
Let’s start with the premise that, obviously, the best thing for the fish is to be caught and released as quickly as possible. I think we can all agree on that. A second proposition is that anglers like photos as mementos of their time on the river and, yes, of their proud moments of achievement.
With those two givens in mind, what do you think of Long’s technique for self-photography? Give your answer in the poll below, and I’ll reveal the results next Tuesday.
Those who wish to post more detailed opinions on the issue can do so in the comments, and each commenter will be eligible to win one of five prizes:
1. A copy of Great Fishing Lodges of North America (2);
2. 16-inch Orvis Trout Sticker (2); or
3. an official 2014 Down the Hatch Chum eyeglass retainer.
So tell us what you think.