Dave Nickum, executive director of Colorado Trout Unlimited, deeply lamented the commission's waffling, calling it a rollback in the face of industry pressure.
"This caught us very much off guard and this newest round poses notable problems, particularly from a rivers standpoint," Nickum said.
Nickum also expressed regret that the industry had taken such radical steps in its attack.
"It's frustrating that they put out so much misinformation, that they deliberately exaggerated what the rules proposed. That's unfortunate because there's so much more flexibility in the original draft rule than has been suggested."