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The Aquaculture Culture (from Dirt Roads and Blue Lines)

May 4, 2018
This is too good to let pass. My friend Chase Howard restarted and rejuvenated his blog, Dirt Roads and Blue Lines. And recently, he penned a short commentary on the state of the stocked vs wild trout situation in Pennsylvania.

Chase calls the stocked trout syndrome "The Aquaculture Culture," and his choice of words is appropriate. There truly is an ingrained culture. Many Pennsylvanian's have grown to expect (and feel they deserve) stocked trout in their local creeks, not because the creek can't support wild trout and not because there isn't already a wild trout population that would thrive if given a chance. No, the Aquaculture Culture expects and downright demands stocked trout in the creek because that's the way it's always been, in their lifetime.

As I've argued countless times here on Troutbitten, stocked trout do have a place in Pennsylvania. Our state hatcheries should continue to raise trout and stock them in streams that cannot and do not already support wild trout. I'm thankful for stocked trout. I caught my limit of stocked fish today . . .

Commentary Streamside

Streamside | All that Glitters — Gink & Gasoline on Golden Trout

August 10, 2017

Louis Cahill submitted a public service announcement for the fly fishing community the other day. With his post “All That Glitters,” the Gink and Gasoline author, photographer and fishing…

Streamside Tips/Tactics

Streamside | Fly rod length vs Fly Rod Reach — Devin Olsen does the math

August 4, 2017

Leave it to Devin Olsen of Tactical Fly Fisher to make a physics equation out of the length of a fly rod vs the actual reach of the fly…

Stories Streamside

Streamside | Stalking the Seam on Soft Hackles

February 28, 2016

Matthew Copeland can tell a story (there’s no doubt about that), and Stalking the Seam has become one of my favorite reads on…

Streamside Tips/Tactics

Streamside | Keystone On Pocket Water Streamers

February 21, 2016

There’s nowhere on the river I enjoy more than good, heavy runs with big boulders, logs and mixed currents. The best pocket water takes resolute effort to wade, and spending…