Being less than fortunate in the art of rainbow and brown trout fishing, catching, hooking or anything to do with those two species. I have become a brookie man solely to justify my fly tying addiction.
With brookies, if someone asks how the fishing was, the answer is normally hooked and landed. Hooked 7 landed 3 and landed means I removed the hook.
The aforementioned short story was not intended to degrade, harass or profile the brook trout for its apparent attraction to my flies.
Agree, that's pretty much how I feel about it.
Often times I would rather if it did get off at my feet (The little guys anyhow), just so I can get right back at it.
It is defiantly something I pondered last fall when I brought in a pig of a rainbow. My partner had it in the net not only once, but twice before he spit the hook and made for the depths. Of course my buddy was saying "consider it caught" but I on the other hand disagree.
Just being the thing was big (being modest) somewhere over 26+ inches and FAT (Hence flopping out of the boat net twice) , but the truth is we will never know just how big!
That's about as close to being caught as I could get without actually catching, but how I would have loved to feel the girth of that thing in my hands! (sigh)
Like William said, it depends on intent. For instance in most Catch and release tournaments for large fish, when the leader touches the tip top or the mate or guide grabs it, that fish is considered "caught." They generally award a token point for retrieved flies just so everyone doesn't cut the leader at the first opportunity just to save time.
For me, an 8-15 lb. dolphin, for instance, isn't considered caught till it's in the cooler - unless I already have one in there, then standard tournament rules apply.
An interesting question. If someone asked if I had any luck my response is I hooked up with blank number of fish but only landed blank number of fish. I count a caught fish as one I released. So if I had 5 hook ups and landed 3 that tells the story of the day. Sometimes I might say I had 5 takes and landed 3.