My take - don't ever apply your ethics to anyone.
To me, If it is legal it's ethical. If it's legal to remove it and you choose to, fine. No one has the right to give you a blast of sh*t about it if you aren't breaking the law. With people breaking the fishing regs so regularly -- why not focus on them
instead of people within the lab-abiding? For every guy moving a pile of sticks or fishing with an indicator there's a guy using a cast net or snagging rig on your stream at night.
If anyone feels strongly that you shouldn't do it and raises hell with you about it, they should be able to point to the regs and specify which law is being violated. Ultimately, nothing matters in court except the interpretation of the regs.
. Your personal feelings, emotions, and even common sense won't matter whatsoever.
I like this talk of stewardship on the water
. It's fishing people, and it's for you
-- not the fish. Get over yourselves. if you really feel like you're "helping the fish or the stream" by wading through it, making noise, and catching fish and letting them struggle around, etc. you're possibly delusional.
If you are going for pure, unadulterated stewardship -- take up photography from the bank and leave your fly rod at home.
Please just don't remove my shopping cart structures from the urban streams I fish here, you elitist snobs and your "woody debris" make me sick
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Obstacles are part of the game, leave it. Mother nature puts things where she wants and it's not our place to disturb them just to make things easier for us.
It's not our house, so don't rearrange the furniture.
This is a good example of a well-intentioned post that applies personal ethics too broadly. For example, tick-borne illness meets the criteria for "natural" based on your above statement, so would you recommend against the use of DEET? How about sunburn?
This other guy just said that Jesus put me here to have "dominion" -- doesn't that mean I can move a pile of sticks?
How about using natural remedies to treat leukemia since it is a natural disease? What about dengue fever?
Slippery, slippery slope!
-- but still worth considering and discussing. Just using you here, nothing personal.