Have you read the philosophy of Trout Unlimited? The TU mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.
We believe that trout and salmon fishing isn’t just fishing for trout and salmon. It’s fishing for sport ...rather than food, where the true enjoyment of the sport lies in the challenge, the lore, the battle of wits, not necessarily the full creel. It’s the feeling of satisfaction that comes from limiting your kill instead of killing your limit. It’s communing with nature where the chief reward is a refreshed body and a contented soul, where the license is a permit to use not abuse, to enjoy not destroy our coldwater fishery. It’s subscribing to the proposition that what’s good for trout and salmon is good for the fisherman and that managing trout and salmon for themselves rather than the fisherman is fundamental to the solution of our trout and salmon problems. It’s appreciating our fishery resource, respecting fellow anglers and giving serious thought to tomorrow.
It had me going when I see on a popular Michigan website that people should boycott all Flyfishing guides,Fly shops,and TU(Trout Unlimited).Now the first question I had to ask myself of these people is have they ever read the Philosophy of Trout Unlimited.In my mind I said probley Not.Have they ever worded on a streambank improvement.Probley not will they ever of coarse not.Will they ever donate their time to help some understand what can be done to improve and maintain our water ways.No!!! These poor souls have no clue.
When these people tell you boycott fly shops do they realize that fly shops donate gifts to local chapters to support coldwater projects.No the probley don't.The local guide that donates a trip on his stretch of water isn't just doing it for publisty.He's doing it to help out the resource.
People if it were not for organizations Like Trout Unlimited,Federation of Flyfishers,Au Sable Big Water Preservation Association,Anglers of the Au Sable,and many more we as fishing people would be in Trouble.These folks try to improve our life on the stream for years to come and future generation of fishers to come.With the New Year fast approaching I hope you find some time in your heart to help out your favorite Oraginazation to a sport we all love.If you can't give money there are other ways to help.Get involved by donating a day helping on a river clean-up or improvement project.There are plenty of activities to help with and it's a great way to meet new people and explore new waters.