Re: Comprehensive Angler Access Study Has Surprising Results
It sounds like this addresses fly fishing access in general and ignores the problem of rich absentee land owners blocking usage of the water. In most cases the water does not originate on their property and they for sure don't own the water. Rivers in a state belong to the state and its residents. Just because someone buys a ranch that a river crosses they should not have the right to block usage of the water. I can understanding them blocking usage of the land as they do own that and should have control of their property.
The best policies that I have seen are the states that allow usage of the water if you stay below the high water mark. The state should provide access to the water for all residents to use. They could do that by leasing or buying small parcels of land and building boat ramps, parking and camping facilities.