Actually the guides generally follow the rules. As in some very rare cases, I personally have had guides crowd me but more often I have had regular anglers crowd me. I think this is a numbers game in that there are more regular anglers than guided anglers so I would expect more crowding by regular anglers. I've had a couple of regular anglers crowd me out by one stepping in upstream and the other downstream of me and then "pinching" in on me. But this is RARE. Most anglers respect personal space.Ok...but what is it the guides are doing that is so upsetting to the land owners? Besides breaking HOA agreement in the example you cited, what is it that the general guiding population is doing that is actually upsetting the local land owners?
I wonder what a survey would say about the over crowding of the river banks by the building and purchasing of more and more houses?
I know nothing of the Madison, am also just playing devils advocate. But I always get a bit of a strange feeling when the topic of privatizing water is brought up.
As to your second issue of homes along the banks of the Madison River, new construction has to have a set back. I think it is 300 ft. So there will be no more homes "on the banks" of the Madison River in Madison County.
The upper Madison River from Quake Lake to one of the bridges (I forget which one, but it is past $3 Bridge) is wade fishing only. So float anglers cannot fish from the boat. They have to put in on a bank and get out to wade fish. So every fly fisher is on an equal footing.
The access rules are very specific. If anglers followed the rules, it would do a lot toward maintaining access.
I actually own my piece of heaven on a spring creek in Montana. We get anglers who access it legally and I have no problem with that. I have a neighbor who rents out his home in the summer to anglers. I've even met a fly fisher from Scotland one year. Another year, I met a couple of fly fishers who were from a neighboring town in my home state.
This is where I go when I want to fish by myself:
As you can see below, only my fishing buddy and I have the water to ourselves.