Not since Brad Pitt asked the question, "What are they biting on?" has the fly fishing industry had such lofty news! The Wall Street Journal has declared a new renaissance for the quiet sport. It just might be getting a little more crowded on the water.
"Fly-fishing has been growing at an annual rate of nearly 3 percent, says the 2019 Outdoor Foundation report. And since Covid-19, local fishing has picked up. Between January and the end of August this year, for example, Connecticut saw a 6 percent increase in purchases of trout-and-salmon stamps, which tend to be more closely correlated with fly-fishing. New York State saw a 15 percent uptick in fishing licenses over a similar period. A wide variety of fish, including carp, northern pike and Amazonian peacock bass, are now deemed worthy of a fly-fisher’s attention, and additional techniques and tools have been devised to hook, land and safely release them."
They even mention a few well-known fly fishing personalities including April Vokey.