Glenwood reels in angling honor, but is it luring business?
GLENWOOD SPRINGS The accolade was prestigious. But whether it has boosted the local angling business is hard to say, at least so far.About six months after the February issue of Field & Stream magazine ranked Glenwood Springs as the No. 1 city on a list of 20 best towns in the United States in which to live from a fishing perspective, at least one local flyshop and guiding operation has reported a small increase in its business.Dave York, owner of Roaring Fork Outfitters in Glenwood Springs, said while no one has come to the business specifically because of the Field and Stream kudos, he did say some people have mentioned they read the article while in his shop. Glenwood Springs earned the top honor after the magazines staff polled some of the nations top angling professionals to come up with the ranking; the list was made up of towns with populations of 100,000 or less. Other locales 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 the outdoor-related economy, as well as quality of life and diversions other than fishing. They also consulted multiple outdoor writers and editors, as well as professional anglers and fishing guides to compile the list.Drew Reid, manager of Roaring Fork Anglers in Glenwood Springs, said it was difficult for him to say whether the Field & Stream honor has helped to boost his business.He said the big spring runoff, which swelled local rivers and left them unfishable until recently, has made this a challenging season. But now that rivers are calming and the fishings heating up, he said the shops business is on the increase.Reid predicted the Field & Stream designation will help his business over 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.
This article is a feature of Inside Business, published Tuesdays in The Aspen Times.
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