Some local fly fishing groups are doing great conservation work. Here is a Tim Flagler video, for example, on a restoration project in NJ.
But, I’ve heard that some of our local fly fishing groups are really struggling to add new members. Moreover, I was on the Reddit fly-fishing sub and came across this thread.
The poster essentially asked: “What will it take to get you to a local fly fishing meeting?” There was a long list of 38 comments, and they’re rich with feedback.
The summary: Very few people attend local chapter meetings.
I’ve belonged to a local chapter for a few years, and, unfortunately, have never been to a meeting. I always want to go, but, in the end, with work and family, something comes up. And, when I do have free time, I’d rather use it to fish. I know many other avid anglers who also have never been to a local chapter meeting.
But, I renew my dues each year out of a sense of duty, but, I have focused my personal conservation donations on the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership after many anglers whom I respect raved about it.
So, what about you? Do you go to local chapter meetings? Why or why not? In the Internet era, can local chapters thrive (e.g., Amazon vs. book stores, Craigslist vs. newspaper classified ads, eBay vs. flea markets, etc.)?
Does the Internet mean “The End” for many of them?