Posts Tagged ‘river access

01
Mar
09

Iceland’s Atlantic Salmon Rivers (selling the leases?…a question)

Map of salmon rivers in Iceland  (http://www.fishand lfly.com/categories/20080826)

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No.
Iceland’s Top Salmon Rivers
Fishing Availability
1
East Rangá
 
2
West Rangá & Hólsá
 
3
Þverá and Kjarrá
 
4
Selá
Fly Fish Iceland | NASF
5
Langá
Fly Fish Iceland
6
Norðurá
 
7
Hofsá í Vopnafirði
 
8
Laxá í Dölum
 
9
Miðfjarðará
Frontiers International
10
Blanda
 
11
Grímsá and Tunguá
Fly Fish Iceland
12
Laxá í Aðaldal (Big Laxa)
NASF
13
Haffjarðará
 
14
Elliðaár
 
15
Breiðdalsá
 
16
Laxá í Kjós
Fly Fish Iceland
17
Laxá í Leirársveit
 
18
Vatnsdalsá
 
19
Víðidalsá
 
20
Sogið
 
21
Hítará I and II
 
22
Laxá á Ásum
 
23
Skógá
 
24
Hrútafjarðará and Síká
 
25
Flókadalsá
 
26
Straumfjarðará
 
27
Iða
 
28
Leirvogsá
 
29
Fnjóská
 
30
Langadalsá
 
31
Svartá í Húnaþingi
 

 

 

“At the end of the 2008 season the Midfjardara river located in northwest Iceland will be changing hands. The new owner, Rafn (Rabbi) Alfredsson has taken over the lease and is full filling a dream of owning and operating one of Iceland top ten rivers.”

“Midfjardara is located some 220 km from Reykjavik and has rightly earned its reputation as one of the top rivers in Iceland with a three-year average of 1690 fish for the season. This vast river system covers 790 sq km and apart from the main stream there are three tributaries, Nupsa, Austura and Vestura that combine to provide over 200 named pools. With only ten rods allowed on the river you may easily think that you have the river to yourself!”

The promise of exclusivity on a river is appealing to those wishing to escape the presence of others. Yet again, I see the seemingly casual(?) development or history of individual ownership of a river. Here we are arguing in Utah, Montana, Oregon about public access to rivers with respect to individual property rights. I can only imagine the rivers flow through public lands and the State has the right to lease the river? I wonder if I could lease the Deschutes R. from the BLM? I admittedly am not up to speed on other country’s management systems and property ownership of ‘beats’ etc. I just read this and was struck by what I would assume is the exclusion of Iceland’s citizens unless they pay. Paying to fish on someone’s property or paying for a guide is my choice. But, vast rivers being held by one company or individual is an odd mental adjustment for me. Probably, I am oblivious to this practice all over the world, and have only assumed people have unbridled access (Does a ranch with 40 miles of the North Platte flowing through limit access to others?). If you live in other parts of the world, perhaps you could comment upon the extent of this practice?       

“Top Icelandic salmon river in new hands…”

http://www.fishandfly.com/articles/20080902

19
Dec
08

Oregon Access to Rivers & Streams (Study Up and Get Involved)

Bank Access..Not Just for the Quickly Moving Fly Fisher

Bank Access..Not Just for the Quickly Moving Fly Fisher

‘Oregon river access rights battle brewing — get ready’
Here’s a quick primer on Oregon River Rights from Common Waters of Oregon:
Even if the bed of a waterway is privately owned, the waterway may be used for public recreation and other purposes if it meets the state test of “floatability.” A waterway is “floatable” if its length, width and depth allow boats—even small boats or canoes—to make successful progress through its waters.If a privately owned waterway meets this test, the public may use the water for recreational uses, including boating, fishing and swimming. On these rivers, the public may not interfere with the landowners’ use of their property. Similarly, the landowners may not interfere with the public’s right to use the river, even though the landowners own the river bed. For example, landowners may not build a fence across a river or string barbed wire across a river that meets the floatability test.
The public’s right to use a river does NOT entitle the public to trespass on upland private property to gain access to a river from the upland. The public’s rights are to “use” the rivers, not rights to “access” the rivers. “Necessity” or emergency may be an exception, but do not assume so.

 http://oregonflyfishingblog.com/2008/12/17/oregon-river-access-rights-battle-brewing-get-ready/

Court upholds public river access in Montana

  http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/12/07/INJV14GCC6.DTL

29
Nov
08

Skeena River Lottery? Are Guides Ruining Access for the Do-It-Yourself FFer?

 The Skeena is essential and one of the last remaining, road-accessible strongholds of truly authentic steelhead culture. After all the camera crews pack up and leave and take their boxes of Green Drakes back to Bozeangeles, it’s our hope there will continue to be campfires burning the midnight soul somewhere within that valley, ringed with a few quiet real steelheaders you’ve never heard of and never will, who’ve managed to set up their lives for a few weeks off in fall, to gather somewhere special and experience a magic extremely personal. It’s that kind of place.

I, we, urge you to literally take 10 seconds out of your busy day, click here to quickly learn more and sign the petition against this. Not only does it affect anyone who’s ever dreamed of an unguided Do-It-Yourself trip to Skeena Country, imagine the sustainable tourism dollars the entire Skeena Valley could lose at the expense of a few selfish Smithers guides who just want a little more room for their clients. Newsflash, dickhead guides: Tough economies always lead to an increase in poaching.

http://busterwantstofish.com/?p=1218

http://www.opposeskeenaamp.com/

http://www.flyfishergirl.com/our_mission.html

http://www.skeenawatershed.com/

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I have not had the luxury for many guided trips (maybe a half dozen). I have enjoyed them all and will do it again…more out of friendship than as a client…but, the essence of all this escapism, for me, is to do it alone or at least mentally alone and the freedom. Friendships and grab ass are fine, but at least for me, there is a solitary component, a singular connection, I crave.

Update: I post this comment from bacon-to-fry, who raises some good points even if he is a self-admitted dick…he has some key points. I would only ask that those that use this typical ecobot enviro argument, provide examples and documentation in the Western Hemisphere (and no not South America or Mexico) of these extraction company abuses. I am not quick to promote any heavy industry near pristine headwaters (excepting AMWR..fucking drill), but we do not argue our cases convincingly with ‘coulds, mights, maybes, perhaps, potentially’ hand wringing. How about a solid critique of Highland Valley Copper Mine in BC. Someone dish out what a catastrophie that operation has been (if it has?). Where should mineral extraction ops be, once they are removed from all watersheds? I assume they should be permanently outlawed?

Any way, because bacon-to-fry fishes my home waters that I want preserved, I am going to lend him an ear, even if he is wound a bit tight (and, yes, I am looking for that time machine and don’t fuck with me once I’m in it!). Actually, bacon could use a little alone time, now and then. Just teasing bacon. He made me consider beyond the end of my swinging hook.

 bacon_to_fry Says:
November 24th, 2008 at 10:55 am

happy to explain.

1. advocacy: wild, native steelhead and salmon need all the friends they can get, and by limiting the amount of fishermen from the americas and europe that make a real physical and emotional, experience-based connection to the valley, i.e. potential advocates, we all lose. much peer-reviewed science is supported through private donation now (case in point, the US-based Wild Salmon Center’s increasing presence in Canada’s Skeena Country, where they believe they’ve got a real chance of saving what’s left of the last, great anadromous fisheries regardless of what country that fishery might be in.) and without advocates ponying up for science that influences policy, no science that might help here gets done there. or in kamchatka, where things haven’t gone completely to shit. or anywhere, including BC. these fish run the gamut, headwaters to the estuaries to the sea, and their presence have long been an indicating factor of riverine health. despite false boundaries, biology thankfully, remains global.

so hell yes, come fish the sandy and clackamas with me. check out how badass it is to hook bigass wild steelhead within 20 minutes of your front door and when the time comes, help me fight for my local waters now not with blind knowledge, but with a clear picture in your head of what we could lose. guarantee you’ll fight with a lot more passion and conviction. easy as that.

2. economy: canaduh, mid-to-north BC in specific, relies on resource extraction for a lotta their cash, so if sustainable dollars are taken away from town like smithers, terrace, hazelton’s local economies, etc, what local’s gonna put up fight next time some giant boom and bust company comes around and wants to fuck up their woods or drinking water? in this case, the rules benefit a few guides, NOT the residents of the area.

without fish bringing fishermen to these places, locals get hungry and these extraction companies promise jobs (albeit ones that could irreparably damage the environment and quality of life). on the other hand, if us dumb americans keep coming north and blowing cash on food (restaurants, delis, groceries), beer, petro, lodging and campgrounds, guides, gear, boat repair, shuttles/helidrops, these towns (and those on the main highway arteries running south to north) see a seasonal infusion of capital they’ve learned to count on each year. cash that doesn’t cost them their environment and makes it far more possible for them to stand up and defend themselves when those boom/bust companies come knocking.

above all, as i’ve said above, when times get tough, poaching increases. the poaching of a pretty finite resource.

regardless of which side of the border i sit on, these fish swim in a common ocean and evolved from california to kodiak island long before some cartographer scratched out the 49th parallel. in a day where we can’t deny the globalization of business and now have to accept responsibility for our actions on a world financial level, why do we stop there? in this case, fish are business and if it’s all about money (and make no mistake, it is), then why shouldn’t i have an opinion here about what happens there?

i’ll stop now because i’m starting to sound like a dick, but ‘cmon nick. this kind of shit’s so much bigger than you or i or anyone’s desire to fish alone. want solitude? get a time machine.

http://busterwantstofish.com/

https://swittersb.wordpress.com/2008/11/30/fly-fishings-beatdown-fringethe-risks-outcomes-benefits/




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