We started this blog to encourage others to try river fishing and to share ideas among the community. River fishing has seen a resurgence in popularity with New England’s efforts to clean up our rivers in recent decades. As a fishing enthusiasts ourselves, we’re watching this renewal with excitement and caution.
Match fishing’s heyday was way back in the 1960s and ‘70s. Then commercial fisheries became popular. We have nothing against stocking manmade ponds to make fishing accessible to people who might otherwise not be able to enjoy our favorite activity in a safe, clean environment. The fisheries did, however, mean decreased interest in rivers and waterways. Now, our sport is returning. With more people joining clubs and spending their afternoons on the riverbank, we’re more likely to resolve some of the issues we still face, such as invasive species and water abstraction. We encourage participation in this blog to build awareness. We also hope to prepare for or prevent potential drawbacks, such as increased costs for licensing and real estate, and greater strain on natural resources.