I don't think we're looking to open up a new forum just to share delicate information - I would think rules apply but people would be a little more open as to what they share, for instance an informative post could contain a detailed canoe route somewhere up north, not something the average person would share on an open forum. People aren't posting because of all the lurkers - people are afraid of showing pictures of their boat because randoms can view the photos.
The money from the membership could be used to have monthly raffles to win stuff - an entry level fly rod or some kickass headlamp, guided steelhead fishing trips, you'd have a couple "tickets" you can throw in a raffle and hope to win stuff. Again, these are all just ideas. Maybe we can get patches? And start a ranking system, go to Church, ok, ok... we wont become OFF M.C. but I'm sure there are some ideas that can be thrown around to get something going...
This wouldn't be designed to alienate people and create an OFFuminatti, look at it as sort of an extended warranty program - you shell out money to be better taken care. Some will go for it, others don't care. OFF and its normal business with G2G's and such will still go on, nothing would change here, business as usual.
remy brought up a solid point, most people that would pay are people who care, typically the goodies.
I know there are flaws with some of the stuff I have written so go easy on me as these are just some ideas to get everyone thinking together.