I gave up on fishing hard at Valley Forge when I realized that I was busting my hump for a shot at 8-10” overfished browns. Population density is the bane of quality fishing everywhere.I used to be one of the guys in Chromefinders photos, back in the 80's and 90's. Moved to Norcal in 1996 and would never bother taking a rod back east again. No thanks. Out here many don't realize how good and pristine things (still) are. Back East is a Zoo, and Combat Fishing is the norm.
That's what is happening in NorCal. Pray they don't go over the state line once vaccinated. I get realators calling my home leaving messages once a week asking if I want to sell. Pretty soon I'm going to say yes and go to Oregon. People are telecommuting now and on the run from LA and the Bay Area.
just about 60 Million people live within a 300 mile radius of the water i posted the pictures from and if i remember correctly is was a weekday.I gave up on fishing hard at Valley Forge when I realized that I was busting my hump for a shot at 8-10” overfished browns. Population density is the bane of quality fishing everywhere.
I hear you. Unfortunately steelhead runs are the first to get overwhelmed. Everyone wants that picture.Yeah, East Coaster is hitting on the same point/nerve that concerns me. It's the need for "instant gratification" and elimination of the barrier of entry and in my opinion the reward of the investment of your time. I live in NorCal, so another big reason for my concern is seeing what happened last summer. We have huge population centers down south, and people came here/moved here in droves and pummeled the Blue Ribbon/Special Reg fisheries. Now the DFG in their infinite wisdom is opening up these special reg waters year round.
When I head out to fish my local Steelhead water, where frankly the conditions have been rapidly declining at an unprecedented rate the last 4 or 5 seasons, and I see guides in rafts from out of state not even trying to avoid floating over the spot I'm trying to fish, I get a little uppity.
When I take my 16 year old son out on the Upper Sac, which has a ton of easy access and over the course of several outing see wild fish floating belly up, and all/most of the known access area parking lots full, I get concerned about the future. I fear the fisheries will be permanently changed if this continues.
I also fish in Oregon a lot, not last year though, so I don't know if it got as bad as down here. I see people here thinking Fall River in Oregon is crowded. It's not comparable to last summer here. Think Disneyland or god forbid East Coast crowded. I grew up back east, and suspect East Coaster did too, and if you've never had the pleasure of a Pennsylvania Trout Opener you should put it on your Puke Bucket List.
I agree, but not everything that comes cheaply is treated that way. If someone shows me a spot, it’s like a gift that comes with responsibilities.This is the crux of the issue with hot-spotting. Someone who has put the time and effort to find a good spot will likely be a good steward. They probably visited many less desirable places before they found a gem, and will have an appreciation for its rarity and value. That experience gives them a vested interest in seeing the place maintained, and they aren't as likely to trash it or to mistreat the resource.
Someone who shows up at a place because they read or saw videos on-line, has a lot less invested. It came to them cheaply and therefore its value may not be appreciated. Does this apply to everyone? Of course not, but the more people there are who are getting things cheaply, the more likely that some will treat it like a disposable item - use it once and throw it in the trash without another thought.
That's good, but a gift given to you personally is a lot different than a "gift" given to thousands of strangers on-line.....I agree, but not everything that comes cheaply is treated that way. If someone shows me a spot, it’s like a gift that comes with responsibilities.
Agreed. If you invite someone to join you on a trip to one of your favorite spots, you have the opportunity to instill respect and stewardship to them. I just wish this “gift” was given more often between respectful individuals.That's good, but a gift given to you personally is a lot different than a "gift" given to thousands of strangers on-line.....