Re: Vermont Fishing Regs. to Change
Virginia used to have an 'opening day'....but they now have continuously open season. Best thing ever for trout fisherman. Now we have just a small amount of the usual crowd on the streams. Even on the stocked streams you will just see the occasional trout fisherman. No big circus waiting for the time to 'toss in' on an opening day. Trout fishing is now for the serious fisherman. Opening it year round took the carnival atmosphere out of it. And from the first of June till Oct 1st,,,even people without a trout stamp can trout fish. But,,they never do. Just real fishermen out there now. If you can stand the weather you can go any day of the year,,and really catch trout too. The 'circus' now goes to the lake to fish comfortably for pan-fish and are happy enough to do it. Trout fishermen have the streams back. Win win.
Felt sole debate is stupid. Raccoons, minks, beavers, muskrats, and birds esp.. traveling from one water source to the other,,carry the same invasive's as felt soles do,,,only a LOT more than fishermen carry with felt. Banning felt is like putting your finger in the hole in the dyke. Invasive's are a problem,,but banning felt will do exactly zero to address it.
All the romance of trout fishing exists in the mind of the angler and is in no way shared by the fish.