- May 17, 2006
Happpy new year everyone(1st post 2009)
My original post was a little "devil's advocate"....
....................in reality....leases often have and amenity or public access clause.....
I'd like to tag on proper keepers wages running the river FOR the river....... INCREASING fees....
Apologies for the selective editing of parts of your quote, but you have made some good points.
No problem with you playing "devils advocate" it's a good way of looking at things from a different perspective.
I agree with you regards the access clause, I've come across it myself on one or two occasions when I was on the committee of a fishing society and looking at waters.
With regards increasing costs to cover keepers wages, that is a bit of a hot potatoe!
Yes it would increase fees, and there are a number of ways to look at the issue.
If a club / association is already pretty exclusive and already charges high membership fees them members may not be to put off by the increase in costs. However, to me this is game angling at the top end of the market!
But look at the other perspective, or even use my position as an example. I love my fly fishing, (and also like some coarse fishing) and I’m a member of 3 clubs who’s subs are all about £100 per year, so in total I’m paying £300 for my fishing. If any of those clubs increased their fees by a significant amount then I would have to consider renewing – purely on the basis of cost. Can I afford it and will I get value for money? In my case exclusivity doesn't come into it.
I guess it all comes down to how individuals value their fishing and the price they are prepared to pay.
Take another example of myself; a club I’d love to join – but simply can’t afford or justify the cost is Bowland Game Anglers. They have some lovely stretches on the Hodder, but purely due to cost I can’t ever see myself becoming a member, and have to accept the fact that it is outside my price range.
The point I was trying to make, in that for a lot of people many clubs are already exclusive and outside the average game anglers price range. By increasing costs further this would simply widen the gap and make more water even more inaccessible.
Interesting topic, but it all comes down to the individual angers affordability.