Thought I would start this thread to get views from the people who attended this morning's meeting. I came away very encouraged. First, there were only 45 minutes alloted to non-agenda items and the Skagit was not on the agenda. Secondly, after we finished, the Director Phil Anderson took an additional 20 minutes to bring us all up to date from last year. He did not have to do this. The WDFW and tribes have been talking and have agreed in principle that they want to remove the Skagit basin from it's current ESU. Anderson took great pains to say that it has been a, "hard process, not an excuse, but it has been long and hard." He called on Dave Scott (?), regional fishery manager to say a few words. He said the problem now is money, as in over $100,000 to monitor the C&R season. He liked the ideas that we presented like "special use fees and paid catch cards." Several Commissioners complemented us on our professional approach we took to presenting our case. Kudos to Wayne, Curt and Steve for the good science and every one else who spoke up! I don't think fishing the Skagit and Sauk next spring would be too much to hope for! Leland.