The break down of who left and for what reasons is telling.
Data is in from Jordan. The data speaks for itself.
The survey to lapsed anglers had a response rate of 68%.
Of the people who responded these were the numbers:
51% of lapsed anglers often or always fished with live bait;
35% often or always fished with spinners or lures;
25% often or always fished with flies.
The total will not equal 100% because an angler can use multiple techniques in a day of fishing.
"Of the lapsed trout anglers that ranked the poor quality of their favorite trout fishery as the primary reason they stopped fishing, more than eight in ten (83%) indicated they would likely return if the quality improved.
For those that ranked poor stream access and stream conditions as the primary reason they stopped fishing, two-thirds (67%) indicated they would likely return if access and conditions improved.
Of the lapsed trout anglers that ranked our regulations as the primary reason they stopped fishing, about three-fourths (74%) indicated that they would likely return if our regulations were simplified or allowed anglers to fish the way they preferred.
Three-fourths (74%) of lapsed anglers reported that would likely start trout fishing again if their current time constraints improved. This finding perhaps holds real potential for returned participation when current time constraints clear."
I also asked Jordan about percentages of current trout anglers and their methods of choice.
Jordan said the current trout anglers mirror the lapse rate from the survey.