Re: Opinion's Sought:

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Posted by Kent - LaGrange, GA on September 04, 1997 at 08:23:57:

In Reply to: Re: Opinion's Sought: posted by Len Taliaferro on September 03, 1997 at 13:52:57:

> > I really have enjoyed reading WHY we all fish,thanks to Hooker.
> > I am curious as to this:
> > How do you guys feel when you see someone else posting directions and/or
> > hints about your favorite stream or fishing hole on a popular billboard.?
> > This has happened a couple of times to me. I was wondering how my fellow
> > anglers feel about it

> Skip -- I think this is an individual and personal decision. In my case, I have no problem sharing information on
> the places I fish because I want others to enjoy the same good experiences that I have had. In the case of trout
> fishing in North Georgia, most of the streams are stocked regularly and are open to the public. Many are crowded
> throughout the season. But they don't belong to us individually, they belong to all of us, collectively. And, many
> of the smaller trout are caught soon after stocking by bait fishermen. But I've found that I can
> generally catch larger hold-over fish by fly fishing in direct competition with the bait fishermen. As a result, we
> both enjoy our sport. What bothers me much worse is what I perceive to be arrogance on the part of many fly fishing
> purists. They seem to look down their noses at bait fishermen and belittle their fishing methods. Many of the purists
> seemto think that catch and release is the only approrpiate method of fishing anywhere. I frankly think there's room
> for all of us. In fact, I do not believe that the fly fishing purist would have anywhere near the opportunity for a wide
> variety of trout streams if it were not for the popularity of trout fishing among bait fishermen. They create the
> demand which results in the widespread stocking programs and they pay their way through their purchase of fishing
> licenses and trout stamps. And while sometimes I get a bit frustrated with crowds and inconsiderate yocals, I try to
> remember if it weren't for them, I might not have the opportunity to catch that holdover two-pounder on a fly.

> I also support a limited number of artificials only, catch and release with minimum size limits in order to build
> trophy trout areas. But in order to have those kinds of streams, you've got to have the revenues from those who
> fish for meat and don't mind keeping five and six-inch stockers.

> I personally won't keep a fish less than ten inches and then only if I plan to have them for dinner. But that's my
> choice. I've also found that even if I have a really special hole, often it's not easily accessible and even if I
> pass it on, only a serious fisherman will make the effort to get to it. Sometimes, the best fishing places protect
> themselves by being hard to get to. Most meat fishermen are going to fish only those spots that are easy to get to.

> Finally, I feel that if I pass on a good fishing location to a fellow fisherman, perhaps he, or she, will develop
> the same love for the sport and the same appreciation for protecting the fishery and the environment that I have.
> To me, the good things in life are things that we share with others, whether it be directly or spiritually. Fly
> fishing for trout is one of those good things.

Len -


I share your concern and objection to the purists.

It's time that we (all fishers) recognize that the
major danger to our enjoyment of the sport is not
other fishers. We need to stand together to protect
our rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans.

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