Thanks to Rich Landers for drawing attention to the many mistakes made at the Barker Road access and the apparent lack of importance the city of Spokane Valley places on Spokane River recreation.
As to the statement in his Dec. 16 article, “Organized fly fishers are wary of any new developed access that might make drift boats viable on the upper Spokane River”, that is not the position taken by the Spokane Fly Fishers. The reason given for not having access that is suitable for trailers is to prevent excessive guiding that would cause undo pressure on the trout population of the upper Spokane River. If excess guiding were to occur it makes more sense to regulate the guiding rather than to discriminate against those that are unable to wade or operate pontoon boats or small rafts. The use of boats may be their only option to fish. Also of consideration is the issue of river safety and rescue boats that require trailers having reliable access.
The Spokane Fly Fishers welcome the opportunity to work with all those interested in the development of Spokane River access that is beneficial to the river and the populations that enjoy using it.
President, Spokane Fly Fishers