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How Fast is the Sport of Fly Fishing Growing?





Fly-fishing declined 19.9% in 2005 from 2004. Too much snow run off is bad for fly-fishing as is a bad hurricane season.

(Female participation in fly-fishing declined from 2004 to 2005 by 71%.)

But in 2004, fly fishing experienced 41% growth.

And from 2002 to 2004 it experienced 57% growth according to the Outdoor Foundation participation research.

In 2007 there was a 5% decrease from 2006 numbers
But in 2008, there was a 3.2% increase from 2007.



Now according to the US Fish & Wildlife Service National Hunting Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife Associated Recreation: (done every five years)


The 2006 Survey states for population 16 years old and older:

fly-anglers were 3,012,000 (28% decrease from previous survey)
with 30,259,000 days of fly fishing

The 2001 Survey states for population 16 years old and older:

fly-anglers were 4,192,000 (7% decrease)
with 39,758,000 days of fly fishing

The 1996 Survey states for population 16 years old and older:

fly-anglers were 4,497,000 (2.5% increase)
with 41,836,000 days of fly fishing

The 1991 Survey states for population 16 years old and older:

fly-anglers were 4,391,000
with 27,567,000 days of fly fishing



Resources:

Outdoor Foundation Research - Outdoor industry association.
FWS Survey - US Fish and Wildlife Surveys.




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