ACCIDENTAL? MAYBE. RELUCTANT? HELL, YES. APPROPRIATE?
Of course. Apologetic? Hardly. The aforementioned lines can all be applied to Bryan Gregson and his emergence as one of the main voices fighting for anglers in Utah’s ongoing and controversial battle over stream access rights. His passion for fishing, spurred by a strong distaste of political posturing and hidden agendas, combined with his ability to communicate and connect with fellow anglers, made him the perfect poster boy for the cause.
It is a title he accepts, but does not acknowledge. “Plan on becoming an activist? Are you kidding?,” says Gregson. “Honestly, I don’t know how it happened.” He does know he lost countless and precious hours of river and tying-bench time. It is a sacrifice, he says, that more people, both in and outside of Utah, should make as the battle continues. “There is nothing to say other than he is a doer,” says Chris Barkey, Gregson’s tireless compatriot in the access battle since the Utah Supreme Court clarified a law, which had been misinterpreted for years, in the summer of 2008 that opened previously wrongly closed river and stream beds. “He is self motivated. He doesn’t wait for people to tell him what to do. Bryan gets others involved; people who probably wouldn’t get involved without his example.”
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