Given the recent thread on License Rant for WA licenses, I thought I'd point out that it is worth it. First, let me mention my experience with BC. I purchased my annual BC license today. Super easy to purchase on line here: http://www.fishing.gov.bc.ca It is only 1 page to print. $84 for Non-Resident Freshwater Annual. I'll fish 12 days this year so that is $7/day. Not bad for world class lake fishing. "A lake a day as long as you stay." I'll fish in WA this year probably only 15 days or so plus a couple of Razor Clam Digs, a Salmon trip, and a Crab trip I'll call it 20 days total. The WA Annual Combo license plus PS Crab for residents was $63. So that's $3.15/day. Finally, I'll fish MT for 10 days this fall, and will get a 10 day non-resident license for $53.50. That's $5.35/day. And the small stream fishing will be VERY enjoyable. So, overall I'll fork out $200 to fish this year. But I get a LOT of variety and enjoyment. Comparing the 3, WA is half the cost of BC, but the lake fishing in BC is over twice as good. In WA I'll fish some small streams like the MF Snoq and some back packing to alpine lakes. I do enjoy the Razor Clam digs and surf perch fishing on the coast. MT is the best deal in my mind since I just love the stream hopper fishing in the early fall. Compare this to a concert. Lets say the reunion of Ozzy with Black Sabbath at the Gorge. Tickets are $72 plus gas and such will be $100. Times this by 2 if say you went to Dave Mathews. So $200 for 2 concerts vs $200 for 42 days of fishing. All in all you get what you pay for, but fishing provides the better bang for the buck IMHO. We are blessed to have such varied fishing options here in the Great NW.