the Duke of Taylor has his mind made up and even if the courts tell him otherwise, he's still going to believe what he believes. there will forever be problems on this stretch because of his skewed view on things. thats just how it is.
a mass float is an ok idea but theres a few things to consider.
1) the project is still "under construction". the artificial creek and roads are all in place but the homes themselves are not even underway yet. last summer and this summer, all youre going to see is the construction workers and the ranch hands, all who could care less about boaters. one of my best buddies works as a ranch hand on the property and he said theyre at least another year from being "online" and ready to accomodate people. so if you want to piss off the Duke and the fishermen, youre going to need to wait a couple years down the road.
2) the middle taylor is nearly 3 miles long, and shaws property only borders maybe 60%-70% of that stretch. the rest of that stretch is bordered by Harmels Resort, and while they still arent very boater friendly, they arent quite to the extreme end of it like their neighbor downstream. there are also a number of private homes, and like harmels, a good number of those folks are nowhere near as zealous as the Duke. i have done work for a lot of the folks who live across the river from harmels and when i bring up boating (and I always make sure I do) most of them could care less. ive portaged the major drop at harmels a number of times and no one has said a word. so those people dont exactly deserve a mass float, even though their downstream neighbor does.
3) if it backfires, and the Duke uses that as ammunition against boaters in future lawsuits, then we're potentially putting the future success of the canyon's rafting companies, Scenic River Tours and 3 Rivers Outfitters at risk. i would hate to see a good idea like a mass float end up being turned around and used in such a manner, but im afraid thats the kind of slime ball the Duke is. in order to do it properly, everyone on said float would need to be on their BEST behavior and make sure to follow our version of the right to float, so stay in the water and stay off the rocks.
im not here saying its not a good idea, but before you get whipped into a frenzy over it, step back a bit and look at it a second time. if you would like to come down and float it sometime, then contact one of us gunny locals and we'd be happy to take you down. this is a touchy situation, and while increased awareness of it would be nice, we need to be careful here so we dont overstep our bounds and fuck something up.
"Don't f$&@ing eddy out, just run it! Whaddya doin??" -LMyers