Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: Skykomish, Yakima, forks of Snoqualmie, Sol Duc, Hoh, Bogachiel, Skagit
I think this is a really great discussion topic. When I first got into fly fishing I spent a good deal of time searching for more geo specific information. I'm also a nerd for data... There are poorly adopted apps out there which try to help show what people are fishing where; bad/lacking data = poor app output. But, alas, us fishermen have had to fight for what knowledge we have learned, and those with true wisdom have spent lifetimes curating their golden nuggets of know-how. Because of this the prospect of sharing our hard won information is a tall order. I will say that this forum is incredibly open to assisting those willing to learn and ask - so thank you for all that have assisted me and others in their journey. Humbly, I am on the early end of my learning curve and have a great amount of failure and challenges ahead before I can grace the tables of the fishermen/women on this forum.
I think what unites us fly fishers is the constant pursuit of learning - for me this is why I love fly fishing so much. There are no silver bullets or shortcuts. The more you learn, the more you become aware of how much you still have left to learn; a continual journey without a defined finish line. No magic lures or squid scent sold for 3 installments of $19.99... nor would we want them.
That said, I do think there could be some cool outputs of "reasonable" community data collection about who's having success where/how. Not talking about revealing secret holes! I wonder though if there would be interest in a nice data output that showed who was fishing in what system (i.e. Skagit, Yakima, Queets systems...), what they caught (species, approx size grouping, hatchery/wild, etc.), and maybe something about tackle. All anonymous and voluntary. Potential to share this data back to local wildlife departments and NGOs (especially the normally unnecessary catch and release figures). If this is something of interest I can think about a means and method. We'll see if this group hates that idea or loves it... Anything conceived would need to not risk the local expertise of guides/shops in the business and ideally help conservation. Anyway, it's a thought and I'm sure most here have thought more extensively about the benefits and risks of knowledge sharing - open to your thoughts and critiques.