A few weeks ago I led a group down the Kennet river near Newbury where the access is disputed. About halfway we came across an angler, who as we approached lifted his line. I asked him which side he would like us to pass, & he said he had no preference as the fish take no notice of us or our boats. We had a short chat & wished each other a good day. About 100 yards further on we met another angler who was about to cast, but he waited. I asked him which side he would prefer us to pass & he said "The water is deeper on the far side", so I asked which would have least effect on his angling, to which he replied "Despite what some anglers will say you & your boats do not make the slightest difference to the fish". We exchanged pleasantries & continued.