Re: What do you consider a "caught" fish?
None of the above- leader must be touched.
If you've gotten that far and are in the process of grabbing it to get your fly out when it gets free, that's a caught fish. Given that your hands won't have removed any of the fish's protective slime, you're doing it a favor.
When possible, on dinks I try to grab the fly and turn it upside down so the fish falls off into the water.