My concern is not so much with any particular " individual " sea run cutthroat trout being hooked-played-handled- "carefully" released etc, but with the repeated catches, handling and and releases throughout a season that some fish may endure, especially in a localized situation where one might be encountering the same fish frequently throughout a season. I dont see the loss of a single fish as minor in impact to the whole, each makes a significant genetic contribution. And let us not forget that there is ample influence from the "industry" side of fly fishing to encourage everyone to get out there and cast a fly to the wild Sea Run Cutthroat of Puget Sound. That kind of thing can end up directly impacting a lot of "individual" fish. (Along the same lines- it is far better to not handle these fish at all, or to minimize our handling of them as much as possible to protect their slime layer and to reduce unnecessary stress. Most of the fish we encounter are released without handling them at all but by just gently slipping the hook with the fish calm in the water at our knees. I see needless handling of fish as an "avoidable injury". Often if we are trying to release a hook in a difficult position we can simply support the fish in the water long enough to get the hook out, without having to grip or hoist the fish in any way.) I see many people legally harvest these wild sea runs in the rivers and creeks each year, often taking their limit, and purposefully focusing on Sea Run Cutthroat as they return to the freshwater. I also see people fishing on the beaches here with bait for salmon, rockfish etc, and they are incidentally killing Sea Run Cutthroat Trout with those baits and hooks, sometimes with a kind of casual disregard. When politely advised of the problem they are often hostile. (They seem to be more polite when the WDFW officer arrives, but the oficer is often busy elsewhere.) I have also witnessed many people targeting Sea Run Coastal Cutthroat Trout on the beaches here for deliberate illegal harvest. The attitude being typically encloistered, paranoid, cavalier and sarcastic. Happily, these people photograph quite well, as do their vehicles and lisense plate numbers. We cannnot overestimate the impact of fishing mortality;accidental, legal or illegal, on any individual localized run of these fish. Nor should we manage them on a run-by-run basis,(look where that system has brought the wild Steelhead.) What impacts the few impacts the many. Mortality is just as final in the foreground as it is in the "background". And in the end all of these localized runs of wild fish comprise the whole- just like wild Steelhead and Salmon. I too enjoy Flyfishing for Coastal Cutthroat Trout on our beaches, rivers and lakes. Yet not without a little guilt sometimes as I am concerned that these fish may not be "rebounding nicely even with the pressure they receive". Populations may be seemingly "robust"- in some places at some times- while they may be declining in other places. Not enough is known or qualified regarding the recovery of these fish. So I will proceed with caution as I continue to enjoy the adventure of fly fishing for them; moving often, using single small barbless hooks and stought tippetts, playing them moderately but without undue delay in ending it, minimizing any handling, and releasing them with a calm technique. If we want more wild fish we need to do more to help that happen. I encourage everyone to look into the WDFW Volunteer programs, the W.S.U. Water Watchers, Beach Watchers and Shore Stewards Programs, and to volunteer with your own Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups on your local watersheds in the myriad tasks involved in habitat restoration work. What is good for Salmon will help the Cutthroat too. As a professional Fly Fisherman and Guide I see it as my responsibility to be a steward of these wonderful wild fish and their natal bright waters. I owe them that much.