"We have reached the time in the life of the planet, and humanity's demand upon it, when every fisherman will have to be a riverkeeper, a steward of marine shallows, a watchman on the high seas. We are beyond having to put back what we have taken out. We must put back more than we take out." The Longest Silence - Tom Mcguane
Ran across this quote on the Native Fish Society Blog. It succinctly and beautifully summarizes my feelings about angling, conservation and the development of our ethics in sport. Anglers cannot and should not be measured merely by the numbers of fish they catch but rather their holistic understanding of the rivers and fish they worship, their devotion to the protection of their beloved quarry and the impact of that advocacy. We should not and cannot accept anything less of ourselves.