Has magazine ranking impacted local fishing business?
GLENWOOD SPRINGS The accolade was prestigious. But whether it has boosted local anglers business seems hard to tell at this point.About six months after the February issue of Field & Stream magazine ranked Glenwood Springs as the No. 1 city in a list of 20 best towns in the United States to live in for fishing, at least one local angling store and guiding business has reported a small increase in their business.Dave York, owner of Roaring Fork Outfitters in Glenwood Springs, said while no one has come to business specifically because of the Field and Stream honor, he did say some people have mentioned they read the article while in his shop. He added that the increased interest in Glenwood Springs and area rivers from the magazine article seems to have translated into a small increase in business for both his retail and his guiding concernGlenwood Springs earned the top honor after the magazines staff polled some of the nation’s top angling professionals to determine the list, which is made up of towns with populations of 100,000 or less. Other tows in the magazines top 20 included Bend, Ore., Nantucket Mass., and Missoula, Mont.The editors then ranked the towns by availability of year-round fishing opportunities, cost of living, fishing culture and outdoor related economy, quality of life and diversions other than fishing. They also consulted multiple outdoor writers and editors as well as professional anglers and fishing guides for the list.Drew Reid, manager of Roaring Fork Anglers in Glenwood Springs, said it was too hard for him to say whether the Field & Stream honor has helped to boost business for the local shop. He said with the large snowfall this year and the resulting large runoff that caused area rivers to swell this year made fishing in area spots difficult this year. But now that the rivers are calmer, he said the shops business is increasing.Reid said while it was difficult to track whether the Field & Stream honor has boosted business, he was sure it would help out over a period of time.It will help business in one way or another for a little while, Reid said. We hope (the No. 1 town ranking) doesnt go away for a long time. We want the title forever.While business has been good from the accolade, York added that people floating on the rivers need to be conscious of how the river is flowing each day.This is the time of the year that a lot of people sink their boats and we have problems on the river, York said.
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