FFF Bulletin on destructive fly fishing
NEWS FROM THE FEDERATION OF FLY FISHERS
Contact: President Tom Jindra at 504-392-7511
FFF CONDEMNS DESTRUCTIVE FISHING TECHNIQUE PROMOTED BY ARIZONA
BOZEMAN, MT - February 25, 1998 - The Federation of Fly Fishers,
nation's leading fly fishing conservation group, today criticized the
Arizona Fish and Game Department for encouraging a practice known to
destroy trout habitats and scar rivers.
An article published in the department's most recent "Arizona
& Views" promotes what is known as the "Salt River Shuffle."
involves dislodging invertebrates from the river bottom, thus creating a
feeding source just downstream from the angler. The practice is illegal
many states, banned by the National Park Service, and frowned upon by
conservative anglers everywhere.
"It is neither ecologically nor morally defensible,"
said Tom Jindra,
President of the FFF. "Intentionally disturbing aquatic insects to
fish should be on the same order of forbidden practices as gill netting
trout, or using dynamite."
The Federation is asking the department to gain back the fishing
confidence by printing a retraction in the next magazine issue, explaining
the damage that this practice causes.
"Will next month's issue teach us how to bag elk with
a spotlight at
night?" said Jindra. "It shows a dangerous lack of education in
with the responsibility to oversee critical fish and wildlife habitats."
The Federation of Fly Fishers is an international association
with all waters and all species of fish. Organized in 1965, the group
works to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, courtesy and
conservation ethics among all anglers. For more information on the FFF,
contact (406) 585-7592
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