We're cheap

  Dear HCN,

As a frequent user of trout streams on public lands, I have been amazed at the reluctance of some of my fellow fishermen to pay user fees. People who use $400 fly rods with $200 reels holding $45 lines, whose $150 vests and $100 boots and $200 waders ride in $20,000 cars, will balk at dropping, as your articles state, two bucks a day for access to the Sawtooth National Recreation Area - five bucks for a whole year (HCN, 10/13/97).

Sometimes I can't help but think that when someone says "It's not the lousy five dollars, it's the principle of the thing," it is, in fact, the lousy five dollars.

Dave Bogdon

Vancouver, Washington