Tennessee Considering a Tailwater Guide License

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Tennessee Considering a Tailwater Guide License

Postby Todd » Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:23 pm

Tennessee Considering a Tailwater Guide License for fishing guides fishing the following waters: the rivers immediately below Wilbur, Watauga, South Holston, Cherokee, Norris, Appalachian, Tim’s Ford, Center Hill, Dale Hollow, and Normandy dams. Those areas are some of Tennessee's most popular coldwater trout fishing areas.

Good talking to you about the guide license issue. Below are some related links and information.

Here is the video of the Jackson TN, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Commission Meeting where the tailwater guide license was discussed, it is about 17 minutes long.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCUc9AnFav0

Here is information from the powerpoint presentation they gave at the August TWRC meeting

http://www.southeasternoutdoors.com/out ... esults.pdf

These are the fee options that are being discussed.

1) No change, leave it as it is.

2) require guide license with no qualifications. Use current commercial license which costs $200 resident, $1,000 non-resident. They expect to sell about 75 resident, and 50 non-resident license at this cost. This option would generate approximately $65,000 for the TWRA

3) guide license to guides that meet specific criteria. The cost for the actual license here would be about the same as #2, but there would be additional fees to the license that the guide would have to pay. They mentioned $350 that would cover drug screen, materials, background checks, etc. This option would likely require guide to have insurance which would cost an additional $1,000 annually. Because of additional administrative costs, this option would only generate approximately $63,000 for the TWRA


Here are the commissioners you can call/email to voice your concerns about the license

http://www.southeasternoutdoors.com/out ... ssion.html
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Re: Tennessee Considering a Tailwater Guide License

Postby Todd » Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:30 pm

I am 100% against option #3, the cost is to high, and many of the requirements are unnecessary. MANY guides on these waters are not even using a boat, so subjecting them to a US Coast Guard 6 pack license is crazy! This would drive many guides out of business, and the fees would have to be passed along to customers of those that did go along with it, causing some clients not to fish at all. Thus not spending their tourists dollars here.

#2 Isn't so bad for a resident, but I think it would drive some non-residents to different waters, possibly in different states. Again, taking tourists along with them.


I think it would be better that if we are going to have a guide license, it should apply to ALL fishing guides, not just those fishing below certain dams, or for certain species.


What do you think?
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Re: Tennessee Considering a Tailwater Guide License

Postby Phil » Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:34 pm

Just what we need, more taxes in times like these!!! :evil:
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Re: Tennessee Considering a Tailwater Guide License

Postby Todd » Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:00 pm

The next TWRC meeting is in October

October 13-14, 2011
TWRA Region 2 Ray Bell Building
Ellington Agricultural Center
Nashville, TN 37211
615-781-6500
Thursday - 1:00 p.m.
Friday - 9:00 a.m.
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