RDNEK knows what's going on.
The real root of the issue is that in this day and age, certain folks are willing to pay hundreds, thousands and even millions for the the opportunity to catch huge fish with minimal effort and have that all to themselves. Mr Mitchell and others in his profession aid and abet the situation by designing and building these "enhancements" or "improvements" to the bare minimum of safe passage the Corps will let them get away with, then these guys go and hand select the bigest, dumbest genetic mutant fish they can find and stack em up like cordwood in these new pools they've created. Nevermind what the river had as far as fish go before, wild rainbows, browns, and cutties won't get big enough and can sometimes be difficult to catch. The big meat they've installed in the river can't survive on the native bugs and forage base, so naturally they'le have to implement a feeding program. Any fool can tie on a pellet fly and jackpole these slobs of fish off a foamline like tuna in the good old days. When these "experts" are done with the place it usually looks like the flyfishing equivalent of an 18 hole golf course, sand traps, water hazards and all.
See, what they're doing here isn't without precedent. I found it amusing that early on in this latest round folks were all fired up about English Common Law. I had to guess that most had never tried to fish or raft in England. The U.K. and much of Western Europe has the pay to play model down to every last detail. If you want to fish over there, by all means you can. Any number of places on a hundred or more rivers all over the isles will be glad to acomodate you and provide you the best possible experience you can afford. Be prepared to shell out in excess of a thousand pounds of the good stuff for the first rate water, considerably more if you want more than the basic package. The second rate water can be had for around 300-500 lbs a day with a guide. None of it is any better than what we have here in CO, different and interesting yes, better not by a long shot. In short, this for profit model of fisheries has not been good to the rivers or the fish. Float fishing? Forget about it - doesn't exist. Just like we're headed for here, all the creative management over the years has killed the genetic diversity in these rivers, you can still catch browns and rainbows where they used to be, just not the one's that used to be there. The new and improved fish grew up in a concrete raceway, the old one's, long gone now, were native to the stream, born and raised there and living in harmony with their environment. Too bad they couldn't get bigger and be caught easier.
If any of that sounds far fetched, just sit back, relax, and watch the next decade on the river unfold. If we choose to do just that, sit back and watch, that is, I can assure that England is exactly what we'll get in that time. The dukes and duchesses will come to town and fence us out of what is rightfully ours. It's already happening on a number of rivers, and like any good pest problem you can be sure where there's one there's more. If we sit back and watch while the pests multiply, soon there will be too many to contain.
That's my rant for the day