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: Poll - Fee Based Fly Fishing

10-20-2002, 10:34 AM
Whats the most you would pay in US dollars for one day of fly fishing on a quality world class river or lake which would assure you solitude, in a pristine environment, and with a high probability of hooking the fish species of your choice ? (With out a guide)

10-20-2002, 10:53 AM
I would hate it if it were the only way I could go fishing but I would be willing to pay for a special day on occasion.

10-20-2002, 11:21 AM
If it was an option to pay to access water that had always been closed to the public, I would pay what the access was worth. If it is to access public water with less competition, I'll work my way around the competion.

I can't vote without knowing so have not voted.

10-23-2002, 09:30 AM
I am also not voting. I think instead of trying to figure out how much we would (could) pay to fish pristine waters we should be trying to figure out how to keep public water, public. We are being locked out at a fast pace through streamside access or lack there of.

10-23-2002, 11:45 AM
"Whats the most you would pay in US dollars for one day of fly fishing on a quality world class river or lake which would assure you solitude, in a pristine environment, and with a high probability of hooking the fish species of your choice ? (With out a guide)"

Do you mean like paying $6.00 to park at PI or Salisbury Res. or $15.00 to get ferried over to South Beach or M'moy? All of which I've done to date and will probably do again...

I too have not yet voted but I'm not too keen on pay-to-fish ranches.

10-23-2002, 11:59 AM
I like all others who fish "Special Waters" in British Coloumbia am already paying to fish!

10-23-2002, 04:09 PM
On a typical day I'll carry probably $20,000 worth of rods, waders, flies (thats a biggie), reels, boots, and everything else that money can beg borrow or steal. I'll load all of that stuff into a plane or $30,000 truck that will need a $25 bath as soon as I get back. I make sure that the $45 license I have in my pocket is still in date. I fill my vehicle with $30 worth of gas. While I'm fishing I'll lose $40 worth of flies, $10 in leaders, a spool of $11 flourocarbon, and knock a hole in my $375 waders. When I get home I'll find a bill for $2500 from my wifes attorney since I said I'd be home 2 days ago. I'll buy her $45 worth of roses and I'll get to sleep in the back yard again, as long as I pick up $50 worth of take out so she dosn't have to cook.

So what's another measly $200.......:hehe:


PS: I just figured out that if I killed and cleaned everything I caught, trout would only cost me about $90 per pound.

10-24-2002, 09:11 AM
FlyFishAR - well said. I don't want to think about how much my ducks cost per pound - I'd need an accountant to depreciate my boots/gun/deekes, itemize the shells, license & stamps, estimate mileage & defer the interest...

Willie Gunn
10-24-2002, 03:12 PM
Whilst fishing on the Beauly last week one of the other anglers descibed his Maxima as being a couple of seasons old. So he pays hundreds for rods and reels and waders, lines flies etc then hundreds more for fishing, accomadation, travel but manages to save a few quid on the tippet. What thinking!!!!!!!!!!


10-24-2002, 06:56 PM
I would pay a flat fee for a year but not for a day unless it was as a donation .

10-24-2002, 09:34 PM
I just attended a workshop on this idea and completed a writeup this week. It's a Cooperative Extension piece, besides the fact that I wrote it, so I can probably share around the pdf when it's done. It may even end up as an online publication.

The topic was Farm and Ranch Recreation, and it was given by a Community Development Specialist from Montana. The premise was that with the dire state of profit margin in traditional farming, that landowners could look to lines of business in agritourism to supplement their income and ostensibly sustain the farm in adopting that slant to operations. One of the suggestions of many possibilities was pay-to-fish/pay-to-hunt ranches. With that in mind, I think it's a fine idea to pay to fish, and I'd do it without reservation other than my wallet if the advertised catching and setting matched the price tag.

And other places I pony up just like a lot of other folks, but I'm not sure the original question was intended to cover things like day-use parking, boat launch fees and the like.

10-25-2002, 02:53 PM

I forgot about those "Special Waters" in BC where you have to pay an extra fee above your regular fishing license to fish. How many are there and how much is the extra fee.

I intended the vote to be for paying a daily fee on current public waters not private waters that have previously been closed to most of the public.


Brings up good points when you think about all of the investments we have in equipment, transportation, etc. and the relative low cost an annual fishing license is now I bet none in BC or U.S. even for a non resident is over $ 100 per year. If you fished just 10 hours that is only $ 10 an hour. What a bargain.

I voted $ 100 - $ 150 per day ( until my wife takes over the $ 4 million dollar real estate book of business in January, then I may be up there with Flyfishark).

11-03-2002, 05:59 PM
Initial results

75 % will pay to have a quality fly fishing experience

Keep those votes coming