I want to follow up my recent post with a serious message. Please respect the waters that you fish. D0 not mess with the delicate echo system that has been created for us Fishermen to enjoy. I have noticed that at many of the local spots, fish populations have been decreasing, water quality is down, and many other factors are contributing the decline of our fisheries.
Some of the ways that we can help are by practicing “Catch and Release”as much as possible. I’m not saying don’t ever take any fish but take in moderation, like only what you are going to eat and be smart about taking fish from waterways that are hurting. Pick up trash wherever you go, I make it a habit to not only pick up my trash but any trash that I see wherever I fish. Report any misuse of waterways to The Department of Fish and Game, if you see someone snagging fish, taking too many fish, using a bait net, or anything illegal, say something and report it right away.
If we do not take action this beautiful resource that we have in California will someday become non existent. The Department of Fish and Game and local organizations have had to cut back, so it is in our hands to try and help to fix this problem.
Let’s all be responsible Urban Fly Fishers!!!
Just received this photo from Heal the Bay as part of their membership campaign.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this pretty much sums up the tension we SoCal urban fisher-folk face throughout the winter months.
On the one hand, the rougher, colder weather and conditions draw far fewer people to this world famous stretch of sandy beach – That’s a good thing, especially when you’re flinging a # 6 Clouser imitation some sixty feet behind you for hours on end.
On the other hand, the need for needle resistant wading boots and the fact that simple contact with the water during this time can leave you with a rash and an annoying case of the trots… well, that’s not such a good thing. It definitely complicate the decision to wear those new Simms G4 waders despite the 56 degree F water temp.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t not fish under these conditions – I am an urban angler, I knew what I was getting into when I signed up for this gig. It’s just that it does detract from the joy of the sport.
All that to say, let’s make a difference and let’s pledge to be part of the solution.
I, for one, am going to make a trash bag part of my standard gear. Even snagging a few pieces of trash from along the shore – any shore that you happen to be fishing – can make a difference.
I’ll climb down off my soapbox now, mostly because I…have… to…get …out of…these waders…rather quickly…butI’llBeRightBack…
I love this addiction, called urban flyfishin’.
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