American Angler Article : Who Owns the River
by Beau Beasley
“You having any luck today?”
Startled, I turned to find a man standing right behind me. I hadn’t been paying much attention to my surroundings, and instead was focused on the crayfish pattern I’d been meticulously retrieving near an old stump on the far side of the stream.
“Yes, I have,” I replied, eyes fixed on my line as I continued to fish. “I’ve had a very good morning.”
“Have you kept anything?” he asked. It was then I realized I was not talking to a curious angler, but someone who obviously believed I was up to no good.
“No,” I replied confidently, turning to face my inquisitor.
“Douglas doesn’t allow folks to keep any fish.” I knew I was on private property but believed that dropping the name of the property owner would alleviate the man’s concern. I was wrong.
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