As Flights Disappear, Fly Fishing Trips Get Longer

August 5, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

One of the impacts of lower airline profits is the disappearance of routes to local airports. That has communities like Butte, Montana trying things like “travel banks,” funded by local businesses, which purchase seats to ensure the airlines continue their local flights. But the immediate result is likely to be more traveling anglers fishing closer to hubs like Bozeman and Denver — good news for hub-based outfitters, but another challenge to the viability of far-flung fly shops and outfitters. “‘If people are going to fly into the Bozeman airport, they’re more likely to fish with lodges close to the Bozeman airport,’ Hanson, partner and manager of the Complete Fly Fisher, told ABCNews.com. ‘We are losing our grip by the second.'” Article by Kate Barrett.