There are several advantages for the landowner, the fish, and the fisherman fly fishing private vs. public water.
You may have read our recent guest post from Hunter Worth about spending his first year as a Colorado fly fisherman as a long-distance hiker. He walked a lot to avoid crowds so he could practice alone. All that walking took a lot of time, which he doesn’t have much of these days. So he resorts to fishing easily accessible private waters when possible.
We exist to give anglers like Hunter the opportunity to fish private rivers in Colorado where fish and fisherman alike are unpressured. We believe in conservation first and foremost, and the ability to regulate how often waters are fished has allowed us to not only keep pressure off the trout, but also have a helping hand in how those rivers are managed. When it comes to fly fishing private vs. public water, we truly believe that a mix of both is great for the fish, the fisherman, and the landowners.
Fly Fishing Private Vs. Public Water
There are several advantages for the landowner, the fish, and the angler fly fishing private vs. public waters. First, and most importantly as we mentioned above, is the conservation aspect. Less fishermen on public waters means less pressure on the fish; pressure we’re able to regulate on private waters. Second, like Hunter discovered, fly fishing private water allowed him to work on the basics in solitude. Third, for the landowner, it’s a means of passive income. The majority of the landowners we work with don’t live full time on the properties where we fish. Not only are they receiving a check from us, we’re able to assume the role of property overseer to ensure everything stays in good shape.
Trout thrive in cold rivers with moderate depth. Sometimes in late summer water levels recede while temperatures rise in these same rivers. It’s a good time to take pressure off the fish.
There is also a lot of public access in the state of Colorado, which boasts millions of acres of public land and is one of the reasons we love it here so much. This fact among others draws a lot of sportsmen to take advantage of the easy access afforded by many rivers where overfishing is not uncommon.
On private waters, we’re able to regulate the frequency properties are fished. This does two things. First, it takes a lot of pressure off the fish. Second, these unpressured stretches of river make for good fishing days for anglers. There are many factors that draw us to fly fishing including solitude, nature, and the tug of a hefty fish on the end of our line.
If you, the fisherman, are paying for daily access on a private river, you should have the opportunity to catch fish. Barring natural causes that change river conditions, our being able to regulate who fishes what property when is a great advantage to the fly fisherman. The fish are largely unpressured. Plus, there’s nobody else around except a friend or two should you invite them to tag along.
We’re able to provide landowners with a form of passive income simply for owning the property. Oftentimes, we work with landowners who either live elsewhere or don’t use all the land’s resources, including the river. Our exclusive access also allows us to oversee the property and make sure that the only thing left behind is footprints. Landowners like to know that their property is in good hands and someone they trust can keep an eye on it.
If you’re interested in learning more about Expedition Outside or the waters we give our customers access to, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Give us a call (202) 577- 4498. Fill out the form on our website. Or follow us on Instagram or Facebook where you can send us a message and we’ll promptly respond.