I had a very unfortunate experience this past week while fishing on the Klutina river. My father and I were fishing kings near the confluence of Klutina and Copper rivers. We have fished this hole a number of times and it has always produced well for us. We have never seen guide boats here, but that is not to say they don't use the hole often as well and we have just never seen them.
The unfortunate experience we had was that a guide boat pulled right on top of us and would not leave. He insisted that because my father was re-rigging near our gear (approx 45 feet from me) that he did not know where he was fishing and pulled in right between us with his boat. There was also a third gentleman who was cleaning a fish right where he pulled in. He inserted himself exactly where my father was fishing and I suspect strongly that he was well aware of this. After expressing our irritation with him he berated us and told us that people from Fairbanks (we told him where we were from) were ruining the river and taking all the good holes and that we did not own the river (on this last point I concede he is right, we don't own it but then again neither does he).
I'm sure he saw the interaction differently, however, and so I don't want to say anything too disparaging. We did ask if he would do this type of thing to another guide and he said that he would not, but since we were unguided and he made his living off the river it was ok. That seemed wrong to me.
I would like to file a complaint about this incident with Fish and Game and the Coast Guard. Does anyone know if that is the correct course of action and who to contact? I figure I can explain it to them and they can decide if they want to follow up.
If people feel that is not appropriate, I would like to hear that also. I feel sorry for his clients. They were put in a situation I'm sure they didn't plan to pay for. If any are on this board I apologize for poor handling on all sides.