Originally Posted by gt05254
Just wondering...how do you know it isn't growing??
Flyfishing isn't growing in my area...major retailers removed their flyfishing merchandise. I've fished the public lakes, swamps (yes, I flyfish in swamps), rivers, streams, and reseviors...I'm usually the only flyrodder.
My friend owns a popular bait and tackle shop, and I've asked him to carry flygear. He does, but the only thing moving are the poppers. There is a sporting goods store in the neighboring county that carries flygear...but most of it is dusty.
If flyfishing were growing, then why aren't the mainstream magazines writing more about it? Why aren't regional magazines covering it? You see tons of catfish and bass advertisements, but rarely anything flyfishing. When will flyfishing magazines devote more articles about promoting flyfishing?
Turkey hunting is far more popular in this region than flyfishing. There was very little turkey hunting here 15 yrs ago...nowadays there is plenty of turkey gear sold in many local stores with plenty of hunting pics that adorn the brag boards in the stores.
I have visited every tackle store in this county and neighboring counties and have seen very little in flyfishing merchandise. There is far more saltwater gear to choose from than flyfishing gear...and the ocean is 90 min away! Go figure!
I've flyfished at major reseviors here in NC with plenty of anglers...but I'm usually the one carrying flygear. I don't see anyone casting at the popular beaches either.
I'm sorry, but if flyfishing is growing in popularity, I fail to see any evidence over here. I once joined a flyfishing club 2 counties over, but it was dead.