Originally Posted by Old Fart
Hey rmpeddie Do you do Encampment shuttles? The folks that used to do them are now gone.
yeah I do encampment shuttles also. hog park will be a while before we can get in there but I do have a few friends with snowmobiles who can. The shuttle from odd-fellows (best WW on lower stretch) to treasure island will be 25.00 along with the shuttle from the smelter. The shuttle from state section will also be 25.00 even though it should be a headache this season with the amount of traffic we are to get. The words is out and this river along with the North Platte Upper is going to get HAMMERED this season. It already has really. The flows are too low for many boats and last weekend saw 8 rafts. That river is going to look like the Reef before to long. People fighting for eddies and doing the merry-go-round or circa-jerk... CIRCUS.
My BLM guy said he has received more calls on the upper river than ever before so he has warned all us outfitters to be prepared. These two rivers can't deal with too much fishing pressure so we will have to see what happens. I remember three seasons ago it was not uncommon to see a couple of dozen dead fish a day. Warm water temps and playing the fish to death had a lot to do with it. I'm a firm believer in natural mortality but any angler knows that fly fisherman... unfortunately are into numbers and even if we say 15% of the fish they catch die, which other local outfitters say is even higher, then anglers catching 100 fish on a two day float can really do some damage.
We do have our local band of hardware anglers who throw spinners and rapalas but they get the fish in so fast that they have an argument that they don't kill as many as fly fisherman. Same with the bait chuckers. Most fly anglers look down on bait-fisherman but really when you do the numbers they kill less fish than all other types... i.e. they are out for meat and keep what they catch... which is three fish.
We have a great resource here and an fantastic float. Not much white-water but great scenery. There has been a ton of talk lately about the attitudes of locals towards green plates. There are a few folks around here who don't like them PERIOD but I realize that 75% of my income comes from the "greenies" so I welcome you all. Let's have a great season... looks like it might be longer than the normal month.