I am always promoting each species of fish as deserving in their own right. Some are better on the table, some are considered “rough fish”, some are considered game fish, some are considered panfish, and some are big predator fish. But, they can all be fun to catch and they all can be appreciated for the unique, surviving, successful creatures that they are. I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but no doubt some fish are “prettier” than others (although I would consider a big ole ugly flathead catfish to be about as pretty a sight as I can see on the end of my line!).
Trout as a group are no doubt considered some of the more pretty fish. I love to spend time fishing for trout in a number of small Nebraska streams that support these cold-water fish and one reason I do is the trout and the scenery are some of the prettiest that our great state has to offer. I realize that in the magnification some of that beauty will be lost, but just for the fun of it I thought I would share these close-ups. . . .
Come to think of it, those would make some neat “wall-papers”.
Next time you catch a fish, if it is going to be released you will want to get it back in the water as soon as possible, but take some time to appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of each one of those creatures. Slow down and take a closer look.