There's a lot of talk in fishing media outlets (magazines, blogs, etc...) right now touting the excellent opportunity that fall trout fishing represents. I love fall fishing too; there's something about a crisp, brisk morning chill that really gets my blood flowing. It will be especially sweet this year - finally escaping the record number of 90+ degree days we suffered through this summer; heck, we might even finally get some rain.
The trout waters I prefer fishing contain self-sustaining populations of wild browns. With the fall (& winter), that also means it is prime time for brown trout to do their version of bumping uglies. While I try not to wade too much while trout fishing (the water is typically small and it's residents spooky), I do make it a point to be extra careful in the fall and avoid any shallow water redds (spawning areas) that I can visibly make out. Don't want to step on that trophy brown I'm going to catch come 2014.
So I guess my questions could be considered somewhat ethical in nature.
1) Is it "wrong" to C&R fish for brown trout during the spawning season?
2) Do you target browns in the fall (& winter)?
3) If not, why not (besides seasonal regulations)?
I plan on fishing for brownies this fall, but I respect and would love to hear everyones' opinions. Of course unless you're PETA. I'll evidently never measure up to their standards...