Fishing guides see decline in business after chumming regulations

The Hex is upon us. That’s not a curse. To some, it’s a gift from the gods. Mayflies, scientifically called hexagenia limbata, fill the night skies as they emerge from their larval aquatic state, sending trout and fishermen into a frenzy.

The Hex hatch is great for guides, who get upward of $300 per half-day trip. But despite the prosperity that comes with the Hex, my inbox is full of messages from guides dealing with an exodus of clients. They claim this is because of restrictive chumming regulations. Dropping in some salmon eggs as chum can lead to a feeding frenzy, and guides say they need that help. Without it, bites — and business — can suffer.

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