Fly Fishing People: Spring Ridge Club's Donny Beaver

March 16, 2007 By: Marshall Cutchin

This interview with Club CEO Donny Beaver doesn’t touch on the sensitive issue of public access that has ensnarled his club in extended court battles with the state and local fly fishing shops (see “Judge Rules Little Juniata Open to Public“), but it does clue readers in to the thinking behind the Club’s strategy of purchasing the lands underlying important trout streams. According to Beaver, it’s all about fighting over-development of riparian lands. “We constantly compete against developers who can build 300 retirement condos along a mile-long stretch of trout stream and charge a premium because of the location. This drives the riparian land values through the roof.” On