Managing Our Resources

There’s always a lot of talk about the environment these days, and rightfully so. Our resources on this planet are limited, and we’ve all witnessed people abusing the planet in a myriad of ways, whether it be throwing something out the car window, cigarette butts on the ground, dumping some garbage in a field in the middle of nowhere, oil spills, and the list goes on. It’s always bothered me when I see litter, and I often find myself picking stuff up that I didn’t leave there, especially when I’m on the stream.

The sight of trash along the banks of the stream, and floating down the stream makes me ill. Actually, no, it doesn’t. It makes me appalled. I’ll admit that I’m a bit spoiled living in Boulder, Colorado where people insist on cleaning up after themselves, their pets, and in general, showing some care for the environment. What I’m about to tell you may shock you, and I hope it does.

I took a trip last week to upstate New York to fish the Salmon river with my old man. Neither of us had ever been there before, and we’re newer to steelhead trout fishing in general, and the steelhead run in the fall, following the salmon who are spawning and eating their eggs before spawning themselves. As we approached the river, the excitement grew as you might expect, if you know anything about steelhead trout (more on this in a future post).

After hiking a short distance down a wooded hill I got to the river. And I couldn’t believe my eyes. There was trash EVERYWHERE. I’m not talking about a Coke can here and a cigarette butt there. I’m talking about trash everywhere. On the banks, in the water, floating down the river, in the trees, in the power lines… EVERYWHERE. I could have spent days filling up a countless number of garbage bags with trash.

So what can YOU do to help?

For starters, pack out what you pack in. Treat the environment with respect. Treat it like it’s your child, your own backyard or some other place or thing you hold sacred. Crimp your barbs, stay on the trail, and live to fight trout another day… Because if you don’t, then you’ll experience what every Jeep’er or Landcruiser guy has here in Colorado, which is closed areas and trails on BLM and National Forest land, and other public areas due to people trashing it. When an area is closed due to people trashing it, then we have less water to fish, which means more people on the water you DO get to fish.

Simply put, if we abuse it, we lose it. I know I’m doing my part. Are you?

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