- Mon Nov 21, 2005 7:27 am
First off I am a Jones, I wonder if I am related, maybe I can get a shot on that private water. :( As far as private waters go, I have thought a lot about it over the past several years. Not that my thoughts are organized, but here they are. I would love to own a private stretch of Blue Ribbon water, or even "3rd place" ribbon water, but there are two problems that come to mind. First off as a public fishery fisherman I would be pissed off because some body owns this huge expanse of river and one can't fish it. Also some private landholdings on great rivers, or any river can help the river. Think about it from a stand point of this. Say there is this beautiful river that you love to fish. Say it is getting pounded or maybe not, but you can tell the signs of people going in and fishing it, and it is no longer retains the natural beauty. Say you had enough money to buy up a good tract of land on this river and "preserve" it. Would you? I would. Maybe I would try to work out a private fishing club or something for some small fee to offset the financial cost of trying to preserve a stream. Maybe I would keep it to myself for the mostpart, inviting some local fishermen out if they approached in the right way. Hopefully they haven't purchased this land for development. As far as the security guards, that is kind of extreme, but I guess if you have a lot of money, sometimes you can become paranoid. Look at David Letterman and what happened at his house. I sure the house/ranch is nice and if they are never there, then maybe they are afraid that someone is going to break in. As far as the river, the Blue River that is, I have fished it before, and it is beautiful. It is a shame that they won't atleast allow you to float, or wade through the property. There are a few places in the SE where the river is stiched up by private land-holders but they will let you "fish-thru" as long as you don't get out.Those are my thoughts, as off track and meandering as they may be. Basically this, I understand your feelings, but I can also begin to understand the land owners feelings. But I do have one questions for you. What is a "weir?"
<small>[ November 21, 2005, 07:28 AM: Message edited by: flyfisheraa573 ]</small>
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