On the very same day I made up my mind that I would not pay $80 — double the 2009 fee — for an out-of-state Connecticut fishing license, the Connecticut Legislature voted to repeal the reviled 100 percent increase. A non-resident season fishing license will now be $55, a more reasonable 35 percent increase over last year, and I may go for it after all.
The fee for a resident fishing license was reduced from $40 to $28.
The Legislature’s action was no comfort, however, to a buddy of mine from upstate New York who crosses the state line to fish the Housatonic every chance he gets. He already paid the 80 bucks — and the rollback is not retroactive.
I’m starting to love the Housy too. But I already have a license that covers the Delaware, the Beaverkill, the Esopus, the West Canada, the Ausable and other big rivers (a license, by the way, that costs nonresidents of New York $70, up from $40 last year.) Shelling out for a license for the state next door is getting harder and harder to justify.