I've gone back and forth on this, starting out showing locations, and then hiding them for years. Now, I show most locations, with a few exceptions:
- I hide locations that I was told about in secret, even if they could withstand the attention.
- I hide the most precious and sensitive small streams. (You'll see them as Mystery Creek #something.)
- I hide the locations where I caught or photographed exceptional fish, so those photos show up in the "Trout & River Pictures" section but their location is hidden. I make an exception to this for places everyone already knows about. For example, I'm not doing much harm if I let slip this little "secret": The Kenai River in Alaska has some really big trout. Also, did you hear the West Branch of the Delaware has trout in it? Maybe that's why there's an angler every thirty feet in the springtime.
I switched back to showing locations in general because it's the most logical way to organize all the non-bug pictures on this site, and it adds meaning to all the pictures and specimens when you can see where they're from and which ones come from the same place.
I kept them hidden for years because I originally had a backlash from people who didn't like seeing their home river's name (including such top-secret rivers as Beaverkill) mentioned on a popular website. They feared that every angler in the world, having never heard of the Beaverkill, would swarm to it and wipe out the entire trout population within minutes (or something like that).
I think that fear is unjustified. There is information on all these streams online, in books, and in state agency publications; that's how I found them. Fishing pressure (especially from catch & release fly fishermen) is probably not even on the first page
of the list of dangers to some of these streams. Those that might be at risk from pressure are already so well-known that mentioning them here changes nothing. All of these streams need friends more than they need their privacy.