Honestly, I think this Arway cat from the PFBC, has to go. The PFBC needs new direction, new leadership. Recent gaffs the PFBC have made, fall squarely on the E.D's shoulders.
- Knocking off $1 of a license in hope of attracting/retaining fishermen (in turn, taking 1 Million or so from the coffers)
- Stating a few years ago, they are against a license increase, because trends prove they lose sales when licenses go up.
(Their thinking on that has apparently since changed).
- Now it's what appears to be the demise of what little Trout stocking vestige remains.
An article in the Aug 4 edition of PON, "Wild Trout Summit set for Aug. 26 in Centre County", has some telling quotes from Arway. It appears the undertaking to end Trout stocking is in motion, and the promotion of Wild/Native Trout fishing, will take it's place. I'm on record here (and elsewhere) many times, explaining the merits of PA's stocking program. Sure, it's a costly endeavor. Hatcheries in disrepair, and in need of upgrades to keep up with EPA/DEP guidelines. Costly expense in maintaining stocking vehicles, and officer vehicles, etc.... BUT, once again I will say, the stocking program butters the PFBC bread. Without, the PFBC is done, or at least a mere shell of what it was. Period. The Grandpa/Grandma's, the little kids, the non-destination trout water travelers, they are all for the most part, done. Of course, the license sales will collapse commensurately.
This "Wild Trout" promotion, is a warming-up if you will, in what is sure to come next. Take this quote from Arway...... "We are blessed by wild trout waters that often get overlooked by people who think there are no great fishing opportunities unless the great white fleet (of stocking trucks) visites the scene. The reality is, that we want people to fish for the renewable resource that Pennsylvania has to offer."
Now, mind you, this is the PFBC Executive Director, pretty much "mocking" the state stocking program vehicles as "The Great White Fleet". HOW STUPID ARE YOU, FELLA ? Throwing your bread-n-butter completely under the bus.... or stock truck in this instance. And while creating awareness that PA does offer "wild trout" opportunity, that "renewable resource", is going to take a severe hit, when the masses slip on the hip-boots and go for a hike.
Then there's this snippet by the E.D....... "Promoting wild trout fishing doesn't put the resource at risk, but does call attention to the importance of coldwater conservation, Arway said."
PASS THE PIPE PLEASE ! Are you serious ? I've got some news for y'all. IF what appears on the horizon here in PA, comes to fruition, there's gunna be a whole bunch of what are currently, the 5%'ers of PA trout fishermen, powerful mad. Those Fly-Chuckers on the Letort, Spring, Little J, and Penns Creek, well, they're on the brink of having a whole bunch of streamside companionship. And they aren't going to like what they see. All you guys on here, that wake up at 3 AM, travel 100's of miles and multiple hours to "destination fish" your favorite wild/native haunts, pffft, the locals will have those "get away" locations cleaned out before your alarm goes off. Those 100-200 trout days you spinner fellas like to have, kiss 'em goodbye. The telling sign that y'all hate to see, being streamside boot-prints, well, they will be well-worn paths after this occurs. Those perty little 6-7" Natives and Wild Browns ya love to photo..... "frying pan fodder" now folks. Some y'all post photos with landmarks, such as RR trestles, car bridges, even buildings/homes. Those little gems will be the first to go. Easy access to clean house.
Troutdoorsman posted some streams I haven't fished in decades. 45 mins from my house. Well, I guarantee ya, if they do away with stocking, myself, my friends, and many others, will rekindle our relationship with those streams, if we get the urge to wet a line. Right now, we are satisfied to hike a few miles into hard to access, and unstocked stretches of stocked streams, to fish away from crowds.
PFBC, YOU ARE IN SERIOUS NEED OF GUIDANCE AND LEADERSHIP.
Oh, P.S. The latest gaff. The PFBC has purchased an RV. The RV will parade around urban settings of Philly, and a few adjoin counties, in hopes of I guess, enticing "urbanites" into fishing. Does anybody believe fishing/hunting, and the outdoor recreation sports, are "bred in" to these urban candidates. GEEEEEEEEZ !