Fred Bonner of Garnernews.net of Garner, NC writes about the perils of popularity for public places:
The Chattooga remained one of our favorite trout streams until that fateful year when Hollywood came to this section of the South. When the movie Deliverance was filmed on the Chattooga, it changed everything.
In addition to a pretty cool skinny dipping story he also brings up some important stats about the impact of recreational angling on the economy:
Resident mountain trout anglers’ total trip expenditures were $83.5 million; nonresident mountain trout anglers’ total trip expenditures were $23.3 million. Resident mountain troutanglers’ total equipment expenditures were $36.9 million.