Lots of good stuff
The fish have been very patiently waiting in the lower Quilayute for the river to rise before they move upstream. The Quilayute tribe, the ONP and WDFW have been patiently waiting for them to come up.
I have been patiently spreading hundreds of yards of mulch on the farm while the season is closed.
Now its raining and we will see what there is to see in this most unusual season.
One of the interesting differences between fall salmon and spring/summer salmon, is how long fall fish will wait in the lower river, while late spring/summer fish don’t hesitate a second in low water.
It makes easy sense. If you are a fall fish, and you wait for higher water before you move upriver, you will almost surely get it sooner or later.
But if you are a summer fish, waiting does not pay, the river will only drop until fall.
The fish have adapted to this, so you see the fall fish willing to wait, and the summer fish in a huge hurry, crawling over the rocks with their backs out of the water no matter how low the flows.
I think fall Coho are really cold sensitive, so even as they get more water, they might be a little more sluggish than usual to head upriver. Thursday/Friday will really tell the tale.
Last December marked a strong return of our hatchery winter steel head, which have been absent for quite a few seasons. Then last winter, WDFW closed the sport fishery, we got a solid run of wild winter steel head. Then, this summer we got a big run of summer fish, both marked and unmarked. It seems like we benefited from improved ocean conditions.
Oh hey! And lastly, sort of a post script, I am thinking about getting the blog going regularly again, would anybody read it? Should I offer some sort of contest? Is there something in particular you would like to see or read about?
Comment below and let me know what you think.