I fish Penns, Spring and the surrounding tributaries almost every three weeks from March to November - with the exception of the green drake hatch, season opener and maybe some various weekends, which I avoid, I can find solitude almost anywhere on the streams.. There are always busy spots - easy access spots but lots of water... I know here in Ohio I pick weekdays with the crappiest weather to chase steelhead - many fisherman are fair weather or weekender onlycharlie meck wrote the second edition of pennsylvania trout stream and their hatches and it was released 93. it added 19 streams. one of which was my home stream. book writing was the pimping of the last generation i suppose. not much changed in the 4-5 years after around our area from what i saw.
i was back in pa two years ago fishing the famous streams in the central part of the state in a no major hatch part of june mid week and it was a ghost town. went back to my north central area and it was also a ghost town. caught many fish. enjoyed showing off my home state to a few CA friends. we all enjoyed how green the state was in june.
it wouldn't be february without people on the internet or at the local bar arguing about how everything is going to hell in flyfishing. reckon it's been that way in since they started waving the sticks with the feathers on the end of the line. it's a good thing. means spring is getting close for you cold weather folks.
I do hear the sentiment that this knowledge should be earned thru hard work. I still have local topo's with my added notes and corrections. But if utube, myface, other forums and blogs were available when I was starting down this path here, I would be foolish not to also use that tool. It doesn't make you lazy. Hot spotting for social media points and content or for guiding businesses profit is foolish and can be dangerous to fragile watersheds. Where I live, every stream has wild trout. You can't drop a hook near any culvert or bridge that a little brookie won't hit. I would venture that every honey hole with large trout has a spot to park <1 mile away. Nowhere here is truly secret but the media tarts do concentrate the new fishers to a few spots and the guides then end up trying to out maneuver them. 1/2 mile upstream, I'm ok.Nonetheless, I am dismayed that instead of restraining access to these special places, persons who want to skip the hard work of learning where to fish will be able to locate these spots on YouTube, the internet, facebook and so on, and use map technology for this purpose.
I look at that 99% as opportunities to teach/instruct/just give a helpful hand to. An opportunity to change pockets of my good deed coin!Sorry 99% of those newbies don't deserve to fly fish and will never make the grade us oldies have achieved. I'm tired of catching fish next to dirty diapers.
I doubt it. Colorado sold 90,000 more fishing licenses in 2020 than in 2019. Hunting is even worse.I know that we all would hate to see elbow-to-elbow fishers at our favorite spot overfishing our favorite streams BUT we also don't want to discourage the new generations of fishers out there or we will rue that day as well!