Salmon fishers, both male and female have increased many fold while numbers of salmon in the runs and rivers suitable for their spawning have dwindled. We can reclaim the salmon rivers. We can bring the runs back to something like their old-time glory, but we can never give again to anglers the opportunities available in my youth to catch and, if one wishes to, keep or kill so many salmon. Even as we rebuild the stocks the number of anglers will grow at an even faster rate than the number of fish.
A competent angler with questioning mind learns many things. Atlantic salmon fishing is for me, as I hope it will be for you, a fascinating thing that is not only a sport but an unquestionable part of the joy of living.