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Old 05-23-2011   #21
Littleton, Colorado
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I wade fish, float fish in a 1 man pontoon, and float fish in a 3 man 14 foot raft. In the raft, when we float past wade fishermen we don't fish or cast in their water and give them as much room as possible. Occasionally we can ask where the wade fishermen would like us to pass, behind would be "out of their water" but that move would be intrusive without communication. Occasionally, at low flows we apologize and just have to float through their water if there is no other choice. I'd really like kayaks and non-fishing rafters to pass as far away as possible and as quiet as possible given the water available when I'm wading or actively fishing in my raft. I do have a much greater appreciation of floaters' needs when I'm wading so I do both and while I don't like anyone floating through my fishing area in a narrow river, I understand that sometimes it is necessary.

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Old 05-23-2011   #22
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Just as being run over by rubber while in your kayak is part of kayaking sometimes, so are kayakers in a fishermans life.

Are we going to regulate this too......both sports are dynamic and ever changing like the river.

I try to be curtious to the fisherman and avoid them but if it for some reason its be it, I'm not losing any sleep over it.

If while kayaking on the Ark, rubber runs me over and its unavoidable, I'm not thrilled about it, but then again if I'm ok, they are foul no harm done its part of boating. I'm just happy to be on the river.

Sure beats a good day at work.

Both parties should try and be courtious and considerate of each other when possible, but at the end of the day.......its a SPORT, not chess.

Happy boating,

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Old 05-23-2011   #23
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I go with the as quiet and far away as possible. Try to make eye contact for a quick nod though, we should be content with our recreation and acknowledge that the source of entertainment extends beyond our own personal interests'.

If other people feel differently about their approach that is their thing though.
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Old 05-23-2011   #24
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I usually respect fishermen (fisher people?), but had one run-in several years ago with a fly-fisherman that had a line in a must-make eddy on the Big Thompson. Respecting fishermen is a two way street. Don't fish areas that kayakers need to navigate thru if you want them to leave you alone.
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Old 05-23-2011   #25
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I believe the peace we have made here today is a lasting one and can endure at least through Memorial Day weekend. Group hug?

Oh wait.....
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Old 05-24-2011   #26
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I've watched and spoke my crummy one line jokes to probably 1000+ boaters as they pass by me in GM canyon and have had, maybe, 2 (probably only one) mild, very mild, dealios, just maybe the boat is kinda sorta in water I'm wade fishing but no big. Most often, I just reel in and wait for them to pass by and then continue to release the *1*-200 trout I get almost every time I go fishing.

Everybody pretty much knows the drill and just enjoys the cameraderie on the water...

Hey, Osprey/Splatteboy and KevDog, I was also over on FFman forum way back when it was good as rstrouts... howdy!
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Old 05-24-2011   #27
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If you're fishing from the boat, stop, reel in and leave the wader "his" water that he's fishing. If you have to float through his spot, acknowledge that you had no choice, wish him luck and move on. However, if he's using a split cane rod, dry fly fishing during the middle of the day when there is no sign whatsoever of a hatch, then he's probably a purist and your mere presence is already an affront to all things holy to him and nothing can be done anyway. Then ask him what "bait" he's using, they like that.
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Old 05-24-2011   #28
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Originally Posted by colopaddler View Post
....there are DICKS in all sports!!!!!!
I think that's the root of the problem. Just try not to be one of them

I typically try to give fishermen a wide berth, nod without saying anything and avoid making any unnecessary noise.

That said, when they're fishing someplace crowded with boats, someone's going to piss them off, and when you're boating someplace crowded with fishermen, you can't hold your oars or paddle still while you pass by every fisherman.

Nothing in the world is more yielding and gentle than water. Yet it has no equal for conquering the resistant and tough. The flexible can overcome the unbending; the soft can overcome the hard. - Lao Tse
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Old 05-24-2011   #29
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Originally Posted by watermonkey View Post
However, if he's using a split cane rod, dry fly fishing during the middle of the day when there is no sign whatsoever of a hatch, then he's probably a purist and your mere presence is already an affront to all things holy to him and nothing can be done anyway. Then ask him what "bait" he's using, they like that.
That was pretty funny.
You can never step into the same river; for new waters are always flowing on to you. - Heraclitus of Ephesus
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Old 05-24-2011   #30
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AMEN!!! Ive been a fly fisherman much longer than I have ever been a boater. I cant speak for every fisherman but I know when I get a friendly "hello" from passersby, I enjoy it. If a fisherman (or anyone for that matter) turns up their nose because you gave them a friendly greeting, then forget them. If its quiet, solitude you seek then throwing a line out on the Ark in the middle of July isnt the best idea.
Heres a tip that will make both sides happy: The Ark fishes the best @300 or below

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