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: The Ethics Files

10-23-2002, 03:46 AM
As many know, I have from time to time lamented on what I perceive to be a general lack of ethical behavior by many of today's fly-fishers. Whether I am right or wrong, I hope to draw your attention to this issue and elicit your response, pro or con. Further, I hope others will participate with links, etc., so we can understand from where we've come, where we are now, and where we might be headed. Let's all try and shake the ethical malaise eating at the core of our favored pastime.

The following link is from Fly Anglers Online and authored by Deanna Lee Birkholm. I have found her writing style informative while casual and friendly, not unlike the conversational tone of a good and valued friend. (http://)

I would also encourage all to read the article "Born in a Barn", noted in the above link.


10-23-2002, 09:38 AM
Watersprite you are right about the articles by Deanna Lee Birkholm (Ladyfisher). IMO she is a pretty good writer and usually hits the editorial nail on the head. In person she is also casual and friendly. A pretty good caster too. I was lucky enough to meet her earlier this fall.

10-28-2002, 02:48 AM
A bit of insightful prose...?

If you have to write your ethics rules down, you've already lost.

Tom Clancy
"The Bear and the Dragon"


10-28-2002, 09:11 AM
Good quote, but unfortunatley we do have to right them down and communicate them to the uninformed masses.

However a famous U.S. judge once said the following:

"the law is what I damm well say it is"

Suppose there are a lot people that would say the same thing about fishing ethics as they do for many other controversial subjects which places new limitations on what they can and can't do.