Eh, he fought fairly hard, added to the fact that he was a pretty hefty trout. Looked like he's been eating well for sure. I didn't remove him from the water completely, removing the hook took only a split second and I returned him to the water as soon as he wanted to swim. I was using gear for smallmouth so a 6wt rod; he was definitely pulling pretty good, but the bigger gear made a fairly fast fight. Like I said I have seen stressed out trout before and to me he didn't appear to be stressed. I just am hoping he didn't head back into the stream to his death. He certainly got back down and away in a hurry, he didn't swim away lazily or anything so here's hoping he's good!
A bad day hunting rabbits beats a good day of anything else!