It's because they can make money. It was not necessary to be Nostradamus to predict that companies related to outdoor activities, including those engaged in fly fishing, would suffer a financial blow when the Covid-19 pandemic broke out. Hell, every business in America got a kick in the shins (including the media, believe me). But it was also clear, even from the beginning, that when people were “liberated”, the first place they would go would be outdoors.
As reported yesterday, the nation's retailers saw a nearly 18 percent increase in revenues last month, almost double what economists expected. Of course, that's coming out of a hole where many retailers had nowhere to go but climb. But some fly shops are cashing in money, even “scamming” according to at least one store owner. On Fox News last Sunday, David Leinweber, owner of Angler's Covey in Colorado Springs, spoke about this “surge in demand”.
He said he spent April wondering if he would even have a business in the summer, but when he opened in May he sold 1,000 flies in a single day. Good article with many valid points to help rebuild the fly fishing industry and outdoors. Even though I'm out of the shopping circuit firsthand, I've heard of spikes in online businesses in my area. Hopefully these new fly-fishing entrants will realize and appreciate the value of a good local fly shop that provides good advice, information and instruction; and that they will have to support it to ensure that it stays in business for the long term.
The guide business is improving for me, as most of my new customers are beginner fly fishermen who have never fished with fly before, an encouraging sign of growth in our sport. If those of us in the industry stay safe, strong and smart, and we're patient and welcome new fishermen (it's certainly a silly question) we'll get out of COVID-19 in a better place. People will pay you to get these fish out of water bodies. Sometimes it can be a difficult task, but if you have the ability to fish, you can succeed.
Some of the people who need this service will be private citizens who own large ponds. If they introduced fish into their body of water for play purposes, they would want to pay to make sure they can have an optimal fishing experience. In my research, I read that 30% of fish could remain, so there will always be a need for this service. I shouldn't be surprised when I tell you that you can make a lot of money competing in fishing competitions.
Such independence is common among new guides without dependents, with modest incomes, obsessed with fishing and rarely at home. A select few can generate six-figure revenues, but they are exceptions within the industry or work in expensive fisheries whose daily rates do not exactly match what customers are used to. Starting a successful fishing business can be very lucrative, but you may have to move to a city where earning a living with it will be a little easier. This is the second installment in a five-part series describing the experiences of working fishing guides and what it takes to survive their dream job.
Angling is one of the most popular (if not the most popular) hobbies, and all such anglers need bait. He used the phrase to refer affectionately to the hardcore fishermen who devoted all their time and money to trout fishing. We know that many of you just want to go fishing and enjoy everything that goes with it, but others out there have the desire to win a few dollars too. It is also very important to help build trust in people by helping to increase their fishing skills.
It is also vital to consider how much time the average angler spends fishing compared to what the guide earns. If you can give advice to other fishermen about what works for you and keep them entertained, you should consider this as a way to make money from fishing. Many people love to hear stories about fishing adventures or instructions to perfect their technique. .