One of the more obscure occurrences in the country’s partisan political shakeup is a little noticed civil war occurring in the trout fishing world. STM has no dog in this fray, but we are watching closely.
I learned a long time ago that there will never be peace between those espousing a conservation approach to the use of natural resources, and those committed to environmental preservation. They kinda sorta sound the same, but rest assured, there is a clear line of demarcation between these two camps.
It’s not my first taste of this sort of conflict. Years ago when President Reagan appointed James Watt to the Secretary of the Interior, outcry from preservationists was identical to what is happending today. During that time I was fortunate enough to spend time with Watt and then later saw the improvements that he brought to the GSMNP. Despite predictions then that the sky was falling, it did not.
STM strives to represent trout fishing in the South. We bend over backwards to support local chapters of Trout Unlimited, the FFF, Project Healing Waters, Casting For Recover and such, which in our opinion are our most incredible feet-on-the-ground yeoman for the future of trout fishing in the region. If it is happening in the South we want to know about it. However, our interest in covering what is happening in Alaska, Canada, Vermont or Oregon is quiet casual.