The 7400 Bridge Rd. Gate

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Befishin, May 16, 2013.

  1. Salmo_g Active Member

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    Without 7400 access I probably would write off the "nooch." It's already 14 miles down to 7400, and about 14 more to White bridge. That's a frickin' 3 day float!

  2. Bantam Member

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    My last float of the season we took out at 7400 and Mr. Warden said this was going to happen... let's just say I'm NOT going to pay for something I fish a couple times a season
  3. Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    Shit! The 7400 line is a traditional put-in takeout for the river!
    It has become a public right of way, merely by the fact of regular public usage by fisher people over the years! What's that phrase I'm dredging for...ah, yes... Eminent Domain!

    A friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of mine supposedly claims that there are quite a few outlaw scofflaws around who regularly take their 4-wheelers or dirt bikes past closed gates and red dots (here in Grays Harbor Co) and never seem to get apprehended. Into the hills they vanished....its all a fun game of cat and mouse to them, anyway.
    I couldn't name any of those jokers, :rolleyes: but if I could, I wouldn't ever ask them to go fishing with me.

    I seriously doubt that the cost of employing security personnel to police the kind of rebellion that would arise (if this and other favorite gates are closed) would be covered by selling "fishing permits."

    Many of my former access roads are now gated or red-dotted, and my local stream fishing world is getting smaller. I'm not amused.

    It pisses me off to hike in or ride a mountain bike in past a gate that only closes the road to motor vehicles (walking, biking. horseback OK), and then find 4-wheeler tracks all over the place, often having gouged muddy ruts in the trail.

    So now, due to many gate closures in the recent past around here, I have to burn more fuel and waste more time to drive long distances to a decent hike-in spot just to go stream fishing (other than fishing tidewater from a boat). I have already been gated out of 4 (maybe more, already, as far as I know...won't know til I go) of my former local hike-in cutthroat spots that first required a drive in on logging roads. I am not amused by this.

    Weyerhauser, Green Diamond, and their ilk have too much power in this state. Maybe they should be forced to re-open recreational access, or else get bucked down to size.
  4. bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    The sad thing is the reason that the large land holding companys are now locking up the access roads to their land is the same reason most people have locks on their doors!!!
  5. Patrick Allen Active Member

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    Blame the Tweekers. I always like where those threads go!
  6. Steffan Brown ...

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    Okay, I'll give it a shot... Those FS roads attract some really 'high' class people. The Wynoochee is the only river I've ever felt like I needed to start carrying protection.