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Hi fellow fly fishermen (and women), would someone please tell me where the private water section of the resort extends to?  Is it clearly marked?  Thank you.



-- Edited by Greybeard on Thursday 6th of October 2016 02:12:19 PM

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Welcome Greybeard. I was waiting to see if more informed individuals would speak up. As far as I know it's only the north bank that is private. The water itself is fisha Le by wading from the south bank.

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The private land is obvious. Just follow the laws of the high water mark and you'll be fine.

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That being said, be very careful when you wade around there. There is a LOT of mud in places and it can be thigh deep.

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is this right I have told that there has been times when high water mark was up to the road

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Just keep your feet wet and you can fish anywhere legally.

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High water mark isnt up to the road. You can see the mark. 



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Good point Ross. The rule is stated the average high water mark.

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I've been told by the folks at the resort that they own to the middle of the river. I was told the same thing years ago by the yolo county sheriff. The law is very vague and the old " high water mark " is not always the rule of thumb. There are mineral rights and recreational rights that bring the property line to the middle of the waterway. I think the basic rule of thumb is to respect the resort and just stay off their side of the creek. Just seems like the right thing to do.



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High water line law states "all navigable water that drains to the ocean is public property." Since putah creek water runs out to the sac it's all public property.

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This thread reminds me of old man Leo who lived on the Yuba just below the narrows.

I'm sure he has since passed on and is chilin next to a stream with NOBODY around. Sorry for the air horn Leo.

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Yeah I remember him, I believe he had the mineral rights exclusion, at least that's what I was told back in the day.  You know he sent his trained German Shepard after me. I kept poking it in the face with the tip of my 5 wt till he called it off, I had to empty my waders after that one!😳



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