Tuesday, October 24, 2006
More on the proposed Batten Kill Stocking
More on the controversy over the proposed stocking of sterile rainbow trout in the Batten Kill river.
To hardcore fly fishermen, the idea of stocking it with rainbow trout is like allowing Major League Baseball players to use aluminum bats. They're happy to release what they catch.
More casual anglers, on the other hand, want more more fish in the river -- and the right to keep what they catch.
The Boston Globe reports that some are calling it class warfare:
It's evolved into a class thing," said Arlington Town Clerk Birdie Wyman, who has lived her whole life on the Batten Kill but gave up fishing in part because there were too many other people using the river.
You will recall that Orvis threatened to withdraw a $100,000 if the state went ahead with the planned stocking. While the state recently agreed to re-think their position, the final decision will not be made until early 2007. Sadly, the battle here could boil down more to one of perceptions and nostalgia rather than the protection of wild trout.
You never see a kid with a can of worms fishing any more," Wyman said. "My grandchildren have no concept of how much fun it used to be to fish that river."
Quick someone take Mr. Wyman's grand kids fly fishing!