“You want to be a fishtronaut you can go to the moon and swim on the moon.”
Hank Patterson explains TU
It was on our annual Maine trip last year that I had the unsettling and very disturbing realization that trout streams are not an unlimited resource. This thought was sparked by a conversation I had with local guide John Pollock about the fragile state of the Rapid River. The Rapid River, world famous for its alder fly hatch and huge native brook trout, has seen a very gradual rise in temperature over the past decade, directly affecting the stream and its fish population. Though many theories exist as to why the Rapid seems to be on the decline, a popular theory is that the feeder streams to the drainage system have been slowly warming due to the large amount of trees cut down by the logging industry. This warmer water has a trickle down effect gradually increasing the temperature of the water in the system. Whether you agree with that theory or not is besides the point. The point is the biology surrounding the incredible sport we love is fragile and needs to be kept in balance. Our job is to play the part of steward. Groups like TU provide opportunities for us to play the part of steward collectively with a shared vision of making sure our kids will get to take their grandkids flyfishing on the streams we love.
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