Re: An Ethics Question
I say situational because I always thought that if I did that it would make the fish vulnerable to a meat fisherman. Conversely, if I have a streamer snagged on a submerged limb and it isn't too deep I go and get the fly back. If I feel that snapping off the offending limb will not make the spot a cakewalk I'll snap the limb.
I believe that some spots are just not meant to be fished, it is these spots that provide fish with their only safe haven from fishermen. Generally I pass places that look like trouble but also good holds for fish.