A day of superlatives!
Blue sky, barely a hint of a breeze and warm enough to go barefoot! How is that for a late October morning in Forks!
The Sol Duc looks amazing. Crystal clear but the low angle of the sun makes the river look jet black.
The boat ramps are untracked since the high water two weeks ago, and you don’t have to wait long to see a chrome silver roll.
Last weeks meeting on limited entry, fishing closures, welfare reform, and I don’t know, oral hygiene? Brings to mind other superlatives.
Frankly it couldn’t have been more fucked up if it had been crashed by zombie strippers.
I feel bad for Larry Phillips, the new WDFW region 6 manager. Trial by fire for the new guy. He stuck to his guns though. The Quillayute tribe told him they had taken 280% of their allowable harvest on kings, leaving the run below escapment, he doesn’t have much option besides closure at this point.
I think had he had more time to familiarize himself with the situation on the Hoh he would have realized a king closure was essential there also.
Assuming we get fall kings there again I am sure he will be on it.
As for the limited entry, well hell, everyone agreed the fish were taking a beating, there were way too many guides, the quality of the fishery was being impacted by over crowding, but only a few seemed to have the balls to suggest we do anything about it.
Otherwise the evening was an entertaining mix of gentlemen who wanted more hatchery fish, bigger hatchery fish, and some one else to pay for them.
Ahhhhhhhh, good times.
But seriously, there were several folks that drove a long way to say insightful things and honestly seemed to have the long term interests of the fishery in mind. And thats great.
The last word is this…
These fisheries are super expensive to manage. WDFW is out of money. To make steelhead and salmon management work on the north coast we need
1. Two full time enforcement officers.
2.Penalties that actually deter poachers
3.Year round creeling and river monitoring, with an on sight biologist supervising.
If those of us who make our livelihoods from this fishery can not find a way to step up and pay more of these bills, who will?
We kinda need to figure that out soon.
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