Doug soon came by, he crossed the opposite riverbank, and we fished a hole large enough for two. No fish. We elected to head back for a late lunch. I returned to the trail and it was here we met the ‘Angry Landowner’. He informed us that as ‘sportsmen’ we were to respect the rights of the property owners. I assured him that we saw his signs and had not crossed on to his property. He told us his property extended beyond the signs to the ‘pipeline’ and he was not required to post signs but as ‘sportsmen’ we should be aware of the rules and not be disrespectful of the property owners. He threatened us with law enforcement and fines unless we left his property. He asked us, ‘would we want him on our property?’ Doug replied that currently, he’d say no. We assured him we had been leaving and would continue on. Doug asked how far the pipeline was. Landowner replied it was obvious. Becoming angrier, he ordered us off of the trail and into the water, advancing toward Doug. Doug told him to back off and we waded downstream. Angry Landowner followed on the trail for a short time.
Back at the Red Gait parking lot, which is where the pipeline and the trail to the river are located, we again met up with OC. He was finishing off a beer left-over from our previous 2-day Musky trip. Dang! I thought that beer was in my CRV. No fish, angry landowner, and no beer for lunch. What a day.