Fly fishing can be a very rewarding activity especially when one catches a big fish. The sight of it caught in a hook brings the fisher a sense of pride and accomplishment.
However, this activity can also have a serious impact on the environment too if unregulated and done irresponsibly.
Environmental Impact of Fishing
Here are a few things that people can do to prevent fly fishing from creating adverse effects on the environment:
- Only catch fish during the fishing season. Doing so would ensure that the species of fish will continue to thrive for generations to come.
- Follow the rules and regulations set by the local government. They are there for a reason and it is for the protection of the local wildlife including the fish.
- Catch only the number of fish that the person intends to eat and return the others to the water. The age of the fish should also be taken into consideration here. Young fish should be given the chance to grow.
- Fishers should bring their garbage with them until they return to their homes. No trash should be left behind on the waters and in the surrounding areas.
Keeping the environment clean should not only be the responsibility of environmental activists but also by those people who find joy in the sport of fly fishing.
Otherwise, there is a risk that there would be little fish left for the next generation to catch, if at all. Saving the environment is a far more rewarding experience than simply catching fish and doing whatever one wants to do with them.