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March 12, 2008

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Disturbing Survey Results

Results of a recent survey by Southwick Associates, regarding access issues for fishermen and women:

"Over one quarter of U.S. anglers report their fishing activities have been reduced by problems accessing their preferred fishing holes. In a 2008 poll of over 1,800 anglers by AnglerSurvey.com, anglers were asked if in the past year they had canceled a trip or stop fishing specific locations due to access problems. Of the anglers reporting such problems, 80 percent reported their access issues were in freshwater areas while 15% experienced access issues in saltwater locations. Of all anglers, 10 percent either reduced their fishing activity or stopped fishing altogether."

I'd venture a guess and say if this were focused on flyfishing specifically, the percentages would be higher. What say you?



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I'd have to say that this doesn't surprise me. Everyone is reaching out for their slice of the pie in purchasing land to make their own, or the environmentalists are fighting to close areas for what seems like a safe haven sanctuary like the migratory birds have.

If it was fly fishing, folks who enjoy the outing for being quiet and by themselves, they would find themselves shoulder to shoulder with others. I would quit fishing in those conditions too. Ever hear about the fights at Big Mac in Nebraska?

Blue Ox

I'd say one thing that's limiting access is the price of fuel that we need to get where we want to go.

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