If the growth is true, it would be welcome news, but I find it hard to believe.
I'm surprised at this GAT. I see more. A lot more.I also find it hard to believe. When the first boom hit from A River Runs Through It there were a lot of folks moving from one outdoor activity to another : Windsurfing, hiking, Xcountry Skiing, rock climbing, etc. Nowadays you simply don't see a lot of folks involved in outdoor activities.
Especially fishing. I know in the NW the sales of fishing licenses has been steadily declining for years.
I just don't see the same interest in sports afield these days as I did when "the movie" had such an impact on the sport of flyfishing.
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I know, there does seem to be more at the popular spots but in my case, my spots have dwindled over the years so those who are still fishing are all piled into the same area.I'm surprised at this GAT. I see more. A lot more.
As an example, try to find a parking spot (on almost any day of the week now) at most any of our trailheads and you'll quickly see what I mean.
I haven't been in an REI since covid, but the place was jam packed prior.
As far as fishing goes, at least trout fishing on creeks and rivers where I've fished for years I'm seeing a lot more fishermen and women. That's not necessarily all a bad thing, but finding solitude trout fishing around here is much more difficult to accomplish these days.
I'm 67 in a couple of months. I feel your pain.I know, there does seem to be more at the popular spots but in my case, my spots have dwindled over the years so those who are still fishing are all piled into the same area.
At 69 I've seen many, many of my fishing spots shut down by no trespassing signs, drop in the numbers of fish, etc.
And it is a fact that license sales are down ... regardless of how many people we see fishing.
I've lost so many moving water fishing spots I now only fish stillwaters ... it's hard to be crowded out on a lake.
You could be right. I haven't gone fishing once this year due my concern over the pandemic ... I'm in the high risk range ... so there could be a ton more people out there but I wouldn't know it.There has also been a lot of much lower price, high quality equipment introduced to the market. TFO, Orvis Clearwater, and a ton of generics. You can now get a rod that is 90% of the absolute best for 80% less cost. It certainly opens it up to more people. My dad bought me my first fly rod when I was a kid (~30 years ago) and it was junk compared to the entry level equipment now.
Obviously the pandemic is pushing more people to outdoor activities also. There are shortages in car bike racks, camping stuff, etc.