Methow Boat Ban?

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Freestone, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. Brady Burmeister

    Brady Burmeister Active Member

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    What about a float permit for disabled?
     
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    Just givin' you a crap...you probably had the right message. April has more business than me; so, the sex change seemed like a good contribution to the operating plan. Out the door but I'll give you a shout later. Cheers, Ed
     
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  3. Salmo_g

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    Banning fishing from a boat makes fishing a better experience except for those who have it in their heads that they can only have a good time if they are fishing from a boat. As for the physically disabled, issue them a disabled fishing permit granting them, and them only, not their boating partners, the opportunity to fish from a boat. Some things are pretty simple.

    There is nothing unfair about banning fishing from a boat. Sport fishing in WA is a privilege and not a right. With that privilege comes some regulations. You don't have to like them. You just have to follow them or endure the consequences. And who said life is fair, anyway? It isn't. Get over it.

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  4. Klickrolf

    Klickrolf Active Member

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    Swinging is fun, way more fun than feeding fish. Just my opinion and I'll stick with it. Dead drifting beads or bait from a boat is feeding fish, it's not fly fishing.
     
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  5. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Rolf, although I agree with you in principle, and respect your swing and dead drift preferences (especially if you add skating), but the regulations define fly fishing differently.
     
  6. Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    Which includes no weight attached to your line or leader.
     
  7. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    The policy on the Deschutes works well enough. With increasing pressure and fewer fish, changes like this need to be considered.
     
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  8. Dale Dennis

    Dale Dennis Formally Double-D

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    I’ll have to agree with Salmo_G as well.
    Having boated NW rivers for many years I have seen a huge increase in boating traffic especially on our more popular steelhead water’s. I’m not kicking the side drifters but you can’t deny the increased amount of boating traffic that is now using this technique and it’s because of its effectiveness. I fish the Methow as well and have witnessed the increasing numbers of boaters over the last several years to a point that it is now affecting a quality experience. I still own a drift boat and still float the rivers and would support the fishing from a boat ban.
     
  9. ozcast

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    it would be a shame if people actually had to cast and/or learn how to cast to catch steelhead.
     
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  10. Salmo_g

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    As was said in a river runs through it, people who don't know how to fish shouldn't be allowed to catch them. Or something like that.

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  11. Blktailhunter

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    Banning boats from all rivers would be fine by me. I've had one too many encounters with a boat stoppping right on top of the water I'm working. They have the whole river and my access is very limited and yet they feel the need to park right on top of my spot even after seeing me fishing. Get rid of them all.
     
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