Re: Rod/line weight, catch and release and stress
I do not think going to a different weight of rod will have much to do with the stress levels of the fish. That will be determined on how you treat the fish once it is hooked. Now you may not have as much control over the fish with the 3 wt., but there will still be plenty of time to carefully and successfully release the fish back into the water. I really like the 3wt., and think it can be a ton of fun for trout!