You should have kept listening. Even the two canoeists discussing it agreed that the current legal situation did not allow them to go wherever they liked. We don't have to share a thing, not while anglers pay good money to own or lease waters. If canoeists are prepared to pay for their priveledges, or anglers no longer have to pay for theirs, then we will have to learn to share. Until then, they can take a running jump, except on waters with genuine and pre-existing rights of navigation.I tried to listen, turned it off the chap is too boring to engage me.
I think we anglers believe that rivers are solely for our benefit. We have to learn to share.
As a stillwater angler, are you prepared to apply the same principles to the stillwaters you frequent? Will you be happy with kids in inflatable dinghies, canoeists, windsurfers etc, turning up and splashing about regardless of your presence? If the answer is no, then you are being rather hypocritical. If canoeists are allowed to go where they want and do what they want on rivers, then there's no reason for them not to be allowed the same access to every stillwater in the land. I have my doubts that you'll be quite so willing to share on that basis.I have nothing to counteract your argument, I do think we as anglers should be a little more tolerant of others use of rivers. I just can not get away from my feeling that anglers are wholeheartedly against other users.
Normally owners of the still waters I fish would not allow other water users on their waters. I know that is a bit of a get out for me.
If I was back fishing rivers I would I'm sure not be so against other users. When I did come across anyone canoeing on the rivers I fished they were not that many. They soon passed and the fishing was not so much affected as I remember, fish soon settled. It appeared pointless getting upset.
Besides, there was nothing I could have done to stop them apart from grunt and growl.
OK, Sam, we are getting nowhere we are just going backwards and forward. I concede. All other water users should now be kept off waters used for fishing. River usage is solely for the use of anglers, all unlicensed users need to be prosecuted.
I understand there was a flood warning issued the day before so they chose to ignore those. Anglers are just as bad, many choose to fish flooded rivers and would expect others to rescue them. We also choose go out in all weather conditions that you wouldn't let your dog out in. But we keep on doing it.The actions of those paddle boarders and the consequences, whilst very sad , were idiotic. To attempt to paddle down a swollen and fast flowing river in flood by a means singularly unsuited to the task endangered their lives and others trying to rescue them. It also caused a great deal of stress and anxiety for the rescue services. Will others take heed; I doubt it.