Originally Posted by Don Kirk
In the GSMNP the choice is to not provide a quality fishery, but rather, begrudgingly offer fishing as the parkís charter requires. There is a lot of truth in the saying that figures donít lie, but liars figure. You can spent millions of dollars covering up a questionable management policy, but lipstick on a pig still leaves you with a pig. Now you know the rest of the story.
I would respectfully disagree that the problem lies with policy but rather in the catch and release ethic that has been so long instilled within fly anglers. Very few anglers are keeping fish out there and with the amount of pressure on streams like Little River, if all the fishermen were keeping even a couple of fish it would increase fish size noticeably. Some of the pools on Little River with the largest browns also happen to be the pools that get poached regularly....go figure.