In a recent post on Doug Rose's blog, he brings up several good points on WSC's proposals to the WDFW on a number of rule changes for 2012. Primary is that these proposals divide the sport fishing community by disproportionately lessening opportunity for those who fish gear. Doug makes a very valid point that many of those who fish gear are as vocal and passionate about protecting wild steelhead as those who swing the fly and why alienate that community of allies and advocates with rule proposals that significantly impact their fishing? Wouldn't it make more sense for there to be a unified coalition of sport fishermen advocating mandatory statewide wild steelhead release and selective gear as first and foremost priorities? If you read WSC's submissions to the WDFW this year, they consistently make this argument as justification for the boat bans: "Wild steelhead are caught and released (CnR) in large numbers, often while in their spawning phase. Repeated and high levels of CnR can negatively influence behavior, reproduction and survival of many fish species, including steelhead."