As most of you know, this web-site tries to bring
you information. All kinds of it, about as many
parts of fly fishing as we can. We are fortunate
to have found many manufacturers who seem to agree
with this idea and provide the necessary funds to
continue to create FAOL.
To some it may look like we are going the wrong way.
With many streams in trouble and many fish endangered,
why should we bring information on how to catch the
things? This is not a new question for us. We started
hearing it many years ago when we taught this stuff
on the AuSable river in Michigan. It's as good a
question now as then.
The very direct and simple answer is this. If the
limit is ten fish and you take ten, that may not
be a good thing; especially if each of us does it.
But, if we can teach you how to catch thirty,
what then? You must put twenty back! That
small introduction will make you wonder what
happened to them; did they make it, where did
they go, will you find them the next time, and
"Hey, that guy over there just took home twelve!"
A small step toward stewardship, of the fish,
the stream, the environment.
With that all in mind I would like to continue
with this. Hats off to the rod and reel companies
who make, now and in the past, cheap stuff!
I do not mean junk, just equipment which does
not cost an 'arm and a leg.' Remember, many of the
main manufacturers on the market these days started
small, some literally in garages. It is to these
we all owe a debt of gratitude. Sure they were
and are in it to make a living, but they didn't
always have high priced gear.
The point here is this. It is the low end stuff
that gets the new guy into, or offers him a way
to get into our sport. The companies who make this
are the ones who keep the door open for those
entering and learning. Without them, now and
in the past, most of us would not be here now.
Sure, many manufacturers now do have some darn
high priced stuff, but most do have entry level
By now you have probably noticed we are not
'sponsor driven.' That is, we will write about
and report on things even if the company is not
a sponsor here. We ARE reader driven. By
that I mean,YOU come first! (This startles
some of our sponsors, it doesn't seem to be the
norm in marketing these days.)
We have fly-fishers who will write for us, not
writers who also happen to fly-fish. They may not
be 'experts,' but I can tell you, they fully believe
what they write. We have a wonderful group who
consider this site 'their web-site.' It is their
'home.' Thanks, that is why we offer you all a
place to come, and if inclined, offer to help out.
It is then, not really 'our' web-site. It belongs
to all of us who believe that the message of FAOL
is good for the sport. And so are cheap rods and
reels, no matter who makes them. ~