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I saw on another forum that the stilly went to emergency regs, gotta protect those few inbred hatchery steelhead that will be coming back!  That announcement got me thinking, as its that time of year for our annual local closure to be announced (you know, to "meet eggtake goals").  Last years eggtake goal was zero, by the way.  Thanks to the closing the entire system, we managed to meet our goal.  In my opinion, and using history as a measure, I think theres little chance there won't be a restriction coming soon to the Nooksack.  Will it be the classic welcome bridge to hatchery closure?  The whole system (like last year)?  or maybe we can have what is currently in place on the stilly, going to restrictive gear and mandatory release of hatchery fish? 

I learned a lot from this article, so I thought I should make it available.  It slowly wore me down as I read, realizing how wrong I was about the lummis.  I now know that the firsthand exposure I have had over the years is all dead wrong. Kudos to the herald to reinforce the positive stereotypes carried by the misinformed liberals around here!

Fishing Discussion / fishinfreaks secret samish spot revealed
« on: September 05, 2013, 10:58:05 PM »
its real easy.  the parking may have changed, but the zone is the same.  best place to park is right where chuckanut drive (highway 11) goes over the samish.  you will want to walk upriver- in the river, or right next to the river.  dont be trespassing.  regardless, its not real far, about half a mile.  you will recognize the landmarks like the ladder and whatnot.  also, pick up your garbage, and be prepared to run into a bunch of snaggers.  get em while its still open!  and bring your friends

Fishing Discussion / humpy preview
« on: June 20, 2013, 09:07:54 AM »
i for one am comfortable enough with my masculinity to say right here and now.. that i am looking forward to humpy season.  that may be uncool to some of you, but i do enjoy bombing a bunch of pinks down in the estuaries every couple years (though they WILL be the butt of plenty of jokes upriver late in the run).  humpys are not without merit, and are especially nice for taking the wife, kids, or any fair-weather greenhorn out, ensuring a good time.  easy-to-be-had salmon make for low stress fishing, and the weather is top notch (overall, its basically the opposite of steelhead season).  just got all my spinning reels back from ollie damons, and figure i have 4 or 5 pounds of jigs.  thatll do

Fishing Discussion / interested in a guided trip?
« on: April 05, 2013, 10:08:21 AM »
its come to my attention that a number of shady operations have come up lately, involving fishing guides and guiding.  this is an important subject for people to be aware of.  to start off, guiding operations have been around in a place like the olympic peninsula (or wherever) for some time, its nothing new.  most guys who do this for work dont do it in their spare time, its their primary source of income.  they live there, do work, pay taxes and are generally good citizens.  they count on guiding as their livelihood.  none of these guys are getting rich, and they work their ass off.  now, there are getting to be a couple of what i would call "recreational" guides working their way into the mix, offering cut-rate day trips for cash payments.  these part-time wanna-bes have other sources of income, and arent concerned with anything more than having someone else pay THEIR daily fishing expenses. some of these operations dont claim the income, dont pay taxes, and are uninsured and/or unlicensed. their deeply undercut prices take work away from REAL guides, who know these rivers as well as anybody and will get you into more fish.  if you are interested in taking a guided trip, keep in mind you get what you pay for.  do the right thing.

« on: February 23, 2013, 12:20:48 PM »
i am sure many of you guys also are subscribers of Salmon Trout Steelheader, so i dont feel the need to preface this commentary about the magazine itself...  i received the latest copy in the mail recently, as i am sure many of you did.  i am used to the recycled, repackaged accounts and stories, the articles and the remedial techniques outlined, and all the typical advertisements disguised as objective reporting.  the reason this particular issue bothers me is the article titled 'twilight zone steelhead', and its glorification of the killing of wild steelhead, which was glaringly apparent in the quinault story.  aside from the opening photo of a dead wild fish, they throw in another pic later on that may or may not have had some photoshopping done.  heres a couple other stories from the same issue: one is called 'how to hold a steelhead', which outlines the best way to minimize compromising the integrity of a precious wild fish, and another called 'no gillnets in the lower columbia mainstem'... (which is self-explanatory).  this issue blows my mind, and i just wanted to showcase STS's  hypocrisy, which you all should be aware of.  they should be embarassed for publishing such a story.  its 2013 for christs sake!

Fishing Reports / whatcom creek steelhead
« on: February 10, 2013, 11:12:40 AM »
have heard that guys are doing pretty good on whatcom creek lately, mostly the 'in town' portion.  mostly wild fish, but it sounds like theres quite a few in there.  will close at the end of february

Forum and Community Announcements / cascade closure announced
« on: January 02, 2013, 05:52:14 PM »
dont be lazy, look it up yourself

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Fishing Discussion / its steelhead season
« on: December 08, 2012, 07:32:47 PM »
get out and kill one

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General Discussion / caption contest
« on: November 19, 2012, 06:30:01 PM »

General Discussion / worms on salmon skin?
« on: November 05, 2012, 10:34:31 PM »
i have noticed that sometimes i will catch a (usually not real bright) upriver salmon that will have little worms or leeches on them.  i am sure others have seen this, my question is: what are they?  again, these are not the worms in the meat or visceral material, talking about ON the skin

Fishing Discussion / quantify your nooksack coho perfomance into digits
« on: September 26, 2012, 10:18:34 PM »
be honest

Fishing Discussion / whatcom creek '012 (preview)
« on: September 11, 2012, 06:12:10 PM »
the forecast is in, going to be a banner year on the wall this year!  there are already some kings in, and some noteable characters* are busy targeting them.  pro tip: they like the contrast of a small dab of yarn tied to a large hook.  the fish have very bad vision at whatcom creek, and tend to often miss your offering upon attack, accidentally hooking themselves other places instead.  if you like sight fishing, this is the premier location in western washington.  keep your eyes peeled for hungry kings milling around at top speed, and be sure to cast well out in front of your target.  as your quarry draws near, give your rod the ol' barry bonds swing.  but remember, retaining fish hooked below the gillplate is illegal, so you might have to catch the same fish several times before you hit paydirt! 

*holding off on a story for now

General Discussion / sockeyes!
« on: June 24, 2012, 06:46:13 PM »

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