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#21
The Gravel Bar / Re: unlimited it's the water, ...
Last post by Woolly Bugger - June 27, 2022, 16:01:10 PM
Jamie Oliver decided it was time to talk about the Colorado River


John Oliver discusses the water shortage in the American west, how it's already impacting the people who live there, and what God has to say about it.
#23
The Gravel Bar / Re: Corona Virus
Last post by Phil - June 27, 2022, 14:52:46 PM
My wife's family doesn't learn -- they are accustomed to flying around the country for family celebrations. This the second time they have gathered and all come down with covid, and they are vaxed and boosted. My wife and I have refused to go to both parties and have stayed covid free.
As far as I'm concerned the days of carefree airline travel are over. If the cancellations don't get ya, the covid will.
#24
The Gravel Bar / Re: Corona Virus
Last post by Woolly Bugger - June 27, 2022, 12:50:29 PM
Sorry to hear that Greg. This shit is here to stay — what ever happened to that "universal" Covid vaccine that the army was developing — I've not read anything about that in a while
#25
The Gravel Bar / Re: Corona Virus
Last post by greg - June 27, 2022, 11:32:26 AM
My 10 month old grandson just tested positive. Was up last night with stomach issues. Went to pediatrician and it's Covid.
#26
The Gravel Bar / unlimited Public Access issues...
Last post by Woolly Bugger - June 27, 2022, 11:18:06 AM
The Colorado stream case that could revolutionize river access
'There are waters I've wanted to fish for 50 years, and I've been denied the use of a state-owned resource.'


>>>>The first rock hurtled past Roger Hill's head and plunked into the Arkansas River on a summer day in 2012. Hill, then 71, stood hip-deep in the flow, clad in waders and clutching his fly rod. Atop a steep bluff, a woman — whose name, Hill later learned, was Linda Joseph — glowered down at him. Hill was trespassing on private property, Joseph shouted, and flung another rock. "If she'd hit me with a baseball-sized rock from 50 feet up, honest to God, it would have killed me," Hill recalled.

Hill retreated, but the dispute was only beginning. The next time he waded to his favorite spot, some 20 miles upstream of Cañon City, Colorado, Joseph's husband, Mark Warsewa, left a note on Hill's car that threatened him with arrest. Hill stayed away, but in 2015, two of his buddies returned to fish. Warsewa emerged from his riverfront home with a handgun and fired a shot in their direction. The bullet struck the surface a mere 15 feet from the anglers.

 
Although Warsewa got 30 days in jail for his stunt, the issue that sparked the conflict remains unresolved: Who owns the beds of Colorado's rivers?

From a river-access standpoint, Colorado is among the West's oddest states. Federal law dictates that the beds of "navigable" rivers — waterways once used as highways for commerce — belong to the states, which, in turn, generally allow boaters and anglers to use them. Idaho, for instance, grants public access for "all recreational purposes," including angling on foot, on any river capable of either carrying cut timber or "being navigated by oar or motor." Washington permits fishermen and other members of the public to wade streams deep enough to float "a bolt of shingles." 

By contrast, Colorado has historically denied that it even has navigable rivers. In 1912, the state's Supreme Court opined that the state's waterways — steep, rushing, canyon-bound — were "nonnavigable within its territorial limits." By that logic, the beds of even major rivers belonged not to the state, but to the owners of adjacent private properties, who often didn't look kindly on the intrusions of the hoi polloi. When, in 1976, a group of rafters drifted past a ranch that abutted a shallow stretch of the Colorado River east of Kremmling, they were convicted of trespassing for having the audacity to occasionally bump the bottom. In the aftermath, many of the state's landowners and recreators struck a delicate, informal agreement: You could float through private land, but you couldn't touch bed or bank.


>>>Hill has not yet had the opportunity to present his evidence, though. After he filed suit in 2018, his case bounced between jurisdictions as the defendants, including the state, contested his standing. In January 2022, Colorado's Court of Appeals finally ruled that Hill had standing to take the case to trial. The ramifications could be immense: If a court eventually decides that conveying railroad ties and pelts makes the Arkansas navigable, then other rivers in the state — the Yampa, the Roaring Fork, the Dolores and the Colorado, to name a few — may also qualify. "There's a lot of places where people could apply this legal precedent and consider similar challenges," said John Gale, conservation director for Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.

https://www.hcn.org/issues/54.7/south-rivers-lakes-the-colorado-stream-case-that-could-revolutionize-river-access
#27
Local Trip Reports / Re: Smith-Continued
Last post by Woolly Bugger - June 27, 2022, 10:09:28 AM

#77

74 degrees, I'll take it. Clearing rain to cloudy.

I drove thought an hour of rain, but the radar indicated it would pass by the time I reached the river. I drove up to the MP to check the field, there were two anglers packing it in for the day, I asked them about the field, it still is standing tall, and I drove on. I geared up in a slow steady rain and rigged up the brand new 1 wt with a 2 wt line on the CFO I, there was a 9' leader with some 7x tippet, so I went with that and a #16 parachute sulfur. 

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Thunder boomed as the rain stopped as I made my way to the water. Think fog blanketed the river and the thick clouds stood still with no detectable motion.

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It was just past three and the bugs should be coming off but none were to be seen. Sporadically, a fish would rise, but it was difficult to locate the ring of the rise in the fog. When a fish rose in front of me, I worked out the line and, on the third cast a pune rainbow initiated the new rod.

I was fishing from memory now in spots where I had found fish in the past. Sometimes they were there, sometimes not. The bigger fish weren't looking up and I caught mostly pune browns for the next couple of hours.

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I bug would pop off now and then, sometimes they were grabbed by a trout, but most floated by unmolested. I needed to move and find some rising fish.

Down at a lower run there were bugs floating and flying about and fish were rising steadily. They were feeding with abandon and took the comparadun over and over until it was destroyed. They were mostly rainbows, but occasionally I found a brown. After thirty minutes of action, the fish became more selective, and things slowed down and finally stopped around 6:00.

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I had caught enough for the day anyway, and waded out. On the way home I stopped to check out another run where there has been an evening hatch, but it was quite and I didn't see the usual activity of birds and rising trout. I drank a beer and listened to the birds.

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All this aluminum going to the landfill  n!n

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Rain is forecast for tomorrow, so I probably stay home.






#28
Local Trip Reports / Re: Smith-Continued
Last post by Woolly Bugger - June 27, 2022, 06:59:59 AM
Quote from: Trout Maharishi on June 27, 2022, 03:34:09 AMwhat kind of cork that is?

In that photo the cork is still wrapped in plastic!

#29
Local Trip Reports / Re: Smith-Continued
Last post by Trout Maharishi - June 27, 2022, 03:34:09 AM
Cool looking reel seat,and wraps.  I like up locking reel seats. That cork also looks better than most I've been seeing and half well is my favorite. Please ask Jason what kind of cork that is?
#30
The Gravel Bar / Re: Corona Virus
Last post by Trout Maharishi - June 27, 2022, 03:26:39 AM
Still no idea of the cause and origin of the virus. I predict cases will rise the closer we get to Nov 22's election.
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