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The Troubles With Club Fishing

May 26, 2024 Domenick Swentosky Season 11 Episode 7
The Troubles With Club Fishing
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The Troubles With Club Fishing
May 26, 2024 Season 11 Episode 7
Domenick Swentosky

We're here for a tough conversation. This one's about fishing the pay-to-play setup of a club.

These are the troubles with club fishing . . .

One club leads to the next. One private stretch invites another down the road. So clubs lead to the loss of public water for the average angler. And that’s not good.

The manufactured fishing scenario of most clubs can teach anglers the wrong things, with easier fishing that does not translate well outside of the clubs. That then leads to unrealistic expectations or even a generous self-assessment of one’s skills.

But why does that matter? Because anglers begin to favor easier fishing and (often) stocked trout scenarios. All of this feeds into the hatchery trout system, and that’s something this country should be moving away from wherever possible.

Stop stocking over wild trout. This really should be our universal message, anywhere that wild trout can thrive. But how many clubs deliver that message? Let’s be honest about it — very few.

Not all clubs stock fish, and not all clubs are a bad choice. But in short, we believe things can be better.

This is an important episode. Please pass it around.

Resources

READ: Troutbitten | Posted - Club Fishing - 2065
READ: Troutbitten | Wild vs Stocked -- The Hierarchy of River Trout In Pennsylvania
PODCAST: Troutbitten | S1, Ep4 -- Wild Trout or Stocked -- The Hierarchy of River Trout
READ | Troutbitten | Tags | Wild Trout

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Show Notes

We're here for a tough conversation. This one's about fishing the pay-to-play setup of a club.

These are the troubles with club fishing . . .

One club leads to the next. One private stretch invites another down the road. So clubs lead to the loss of public water for the average angler. And that’s not good.

The manufactured fishing scenario of most clubs can teach anglers the wrong things, with easier fishing that does not translate well outside of the clubs. That then leads to unrealistic expectations or even a generous self-assessment of one’s skills.

But why does that matter? Because anglers begin to favor easier fishing and (often) stocked trout scenarios. All of this feeds into the hatchery trout system, and that’s something this country should be moving away from wherever possible.

Stop stocking over wild trout. This really should be our universal message, anywhere that wild trout can thrive. But how many clubs deliver that message? Let’s be honest about it — very few.

Not all clubs stock fish, and not all clubs are a bad choice. But in short, we believe things can be better.

This is an important episode. Please pass it around.

Resources

READ: Troutbitten | Posted - Club Fishing - 2065
READ: Troutbitten | Wild vs Stocked -- The Hierarchy of River Trout In Pennsylvania
PODCAST: Troutbitten | S1, Ep4 -- Wild Trout or Stocked -- The Hierarchy of River Trout
READ | Troutbitten | Tags | Wild Trout

Visit

Troutbitten Website

Troutbitten Instagram

Troutbitten YouTube

Troutbitten Facebook



Thank You to Pre-Roll Ad Sponsors:

Skwala

and

Orvis