Thank you very much for that excellent article on the Sierra Pacific Flyfishers Club workshop ("Fly-Fishermen Workshop Is a Lure" by John Dreyfuss, Oct. 7). While not a member of that club, I deeply appreciate what it is doing to educate the public to fly-fishing and to the need for preserving the environment.
A fly-fisherman for more than 30 years, I find that in 1985 I must stretch my efforts more than ever before to escape the ever-present vestiges of human pollution of the natural environment. Wherever I go, no matter how deeply into the Sierra, I discover evidence of garbage defacing the scenery. Beer cans, paper plates and paper cups appear everywhere. Once, a few years ago, while fishing a relatively isolated section of the San Joaquin River that was secluded by cliffs on both sides, my booted foot hit something in the stream. Water suddenly filled my boot leg. When I stepped from the stream, I discovered that an old beer can had cut a gash into my instep. Luckily my heavy socks had kept the metal from penetrating my skin.
While it is a good idea for fly-fishing clubs to go out on expeditions to clean up the mess along our streams, it would be more appropriate for the purveyors of the products that people guzzle to conduct intensive programs of their own in this regard. Why don't the breweries organize to promote greater consumer awareness of the horrors of pollution? Why should only the fly-fishing clubs and Forest Service carry the ball in alerting the public?