River Ethics by Johnny Mac

April 19, 2013

River Ethics by Johnny Mac

 All of us love spending a day on the river fishing. But not all of us like fishing in a crowd. Earlier this week I headed out to the Gallatin River. This is usually a heavily used river. Most of the time I will spend an hour or more hiking before I start fishing so I can fish undisturbed. On this outing I hiked about 2 1/2 miles downstream of my access, having to ford the river multiple times so I would stay within the high water mark.Once I reached the section I was interested in fishing I got about 3 hours in before I was interrupted. Two separate vehicles parked on a road near to where I was fishing. Before I knew it there were 2 people with a dog fishing the top end of the island I was fishing and 2 people with a dog fishing the bottom end of the Island. There are places around the country that you have to fish shoulder to shoulder but Montana luckily isn't one of them. It's always good to try to fish out of sight of other fisherman that may be on the river. This lets everyone have their own private experience. One of the reasons we all love living in Montana is the sence of having this beautiful land all to yourself. Also remember that the river isn't going anywhere. If someone is already fishing in a spot you wanted to fish you can always come back tomorrow.

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