"riverman" wrote in message ...
>> Stay informed about: Permitted rivers and Fishing floation devices..
> Does anyone know about access on permitted rivers for fishermen with
> inflatable (or noninflatable) floatation devices? It used to be that only
> inner-tubish 'float tubes' were the primary gear a fisherman might use to
> fish a river off shore, but nowadays they make little catamarans, and some
> folks like to use canoes, small rafts, etc. What happens if a river is
> permit-only, like the San Juan or the Salmons, or something? How do they
> distinguish between fishermen and day trippers?
As far as I know, most of the permitted rivers are multi-day trips.
In any case, there does not seem to be any distinction based on WHY
you are on the river. They require a permit for you to be on the
river no matter what your activity is.
I am most familiar with the rivers in the west. For example, on the
Rogue, the fishermen and the regular rafters and kayakers are in the
same permit pool. They also allow backpackers into the same area and
I suppose that they could carry a flotation device and spend time
fishing on the river. My guess is that they would not have too much
of a problem with that as long as your primary means of transportation
was backpacking and not the flotation device.