Hell no and it aint over now.......
I'm not sure why some anglers feel the need to complicate their lives so much. Just make eye contact with the boat's rower as they come into view and let them see where you are fishing so that there are no misunderstandings. I've seen very little bad behavior that couldn't have otherwise been avoided on the upper D. I've both floated and wade fished a lot over the years up there and nearly every angler does the right thing or at least tries to.
A few weeks back I was drifting the WB w 2 buddies and was just below the West Branch Angler cabins headed into the riffle above the pool where NY and PA meet up. As we entered the top of the riffle there were at least 6 anglers on river left (looking downstream) fishing into the main current as you'd expect. The problem was that there was one other angler out in the current fishing back toward the NY bank (???). Maybe he saw a nice chub working
So we quickly dropped anchor to decide if we go way outside of their casting distances tight against the PA bank and possibly put down their fish to avoid the one angler or wait to see what he would do once he noticed us anchored above him. He finally climbed out of the river and up on the NY bank and we drifted behind the other 6 who greatly appreciated our efforts and patience. If all the wade anglers were standing where they should have been, we would not have had to ponder our situation and drop anchor to wait things out. All the guides I've ever fished with up there - some better anglers/guides than others - all went out of their ways to make sure the wade anglers' needs were met as they knew they were going to see lots of water from the boat and could simply move on to another section of river if one was crowded with waders. Most of the problems I've seen were inexperienced newbies at either their rented or owned drift boats or pontoons. I'm sure most got a quick lesson in etiquette and learned their mistakes.
The song of the river ends not at her banks but in the hearts of those who have loved her. — Buffalo Joe
On another note, if a boat pisses you off, God put rocks in the river for a reason. Haha. Just kidding, it's not polite to throw rocks, it's much more ninja like to slash a mans trailer tires in the parking lot. Until he finds out or thinks it was you, and then you get beat up by him and his brothers while you're fishing.
I drifted the west this past thursday and there was about 60 people fishing the river between the deposit sewer plant and west branch anglers
every one we drifted by was happy to be out and no issues to report
its nice to be on the river with happy anglers
my latest move to avoid it all together has been to pound them from 4-8 am on streamers...and then fish some of the tricker cold water streams during the day after already having my fill with the more heavily populated WB. These guys were more than happy to eat a 6 inch streamer at 5 am
These two literally come on 2 consectetive casts...No one in sight where there were likely 10 guys later that morning/early afternoon.
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