I strive to be a minimalist when I fish on my own. The less I carry, the better I fish. I think it's good for the fish to play them to hand, never take them out of the water, gently remove the hook, and let them swim away. Yes, one can argue that an angler can tire a fish out more by playing it to hand, and "beaching" a trout probably does more harm to their protective slime layer than a net does. But this is less of a concern if you are adept at fighting fish, and I trust my ability to hand-land fish. And if a fish spits the hook before I actually grab it, I honestly do not care.