Great idea, but there are plenty of mandatory rules and regs already in place that plenty of people don't abide by. More rules and regs won't do anything but put additional limits on people who already play by the rules and who already employ more sustainable fishing practices. The problem we're faced with up here is overpopulation and lack of education. You can't police everyone, and there are far too many people who take advantage of that. A handful of years back I fished the tailwater section of the Smith River in VA and was amazed by the quality and quantity of strong healthy fish. It's a very similar river to the Farmy in size and water temps. The big difference was less pressure. I don't know whether or not they have a closed season, but I was on that river for 8 hours, in early Summer, on a Saturday, and saw one other angler the entire day. I've been fishing the Farmy for 14 years now, and fishing all day and only seeing one other angler is nearly impossible to do, even this time of year on a weekday. When we first moved to CT, it was definitely easier to find a stretch of solitary water than it is today. I used to do 75% of my trout fishing from October through March for that particular reason. These days, its not worth it anymore. The pressure never dies down in the northeast. Down south, there are a lot less people fishing for trout. Also, there are mostly fly fishermen doing the trout fishing down south. In the south, most spin fishermen tend to fish for bass and other warm water species. Just a few observations without getting too analytical. I'm no expert either, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night.
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