Elwha River

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  1. Old Man

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    Silly question time. What happens to the Native trout in the higher elevations that people used to go fish for. Will they think that they are Steelhead and go out with the Smolt's. Or will they stay in the high reaches of the river.
     
  2. JE

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    There's a whole new world out there for the descendants of Elwha steelhead that have been trapped all these years behind the dams!
     
  3. Olive bugger

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    I just hope that man doesn't muck it up.
     
  4. stilly stalker

    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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  5. Ron McNeal

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    Here's a link to some additional (and I think better) video of the last blast:



    Disregard the "Sorry"; just click on "Watch on Vimeo" and go from there. I tried it and it works......
     
  6. jeff bandy

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    Guess you didn't here about the brand new hatchery already built. And of course, Chambers creek on the menu.
     
  7. Old Man

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    If everybody is so set against hatcheries, why do they keep building them ??
     
  8. Olive bugger

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    I had heard rumors of one, Jeff. But I didn't realize that it was already a done deal. Bummer. Maybe Mother Nature will intercede and find a way around it.
     
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    Built as part of a deal with the tribe if they would not fish for five years. Allow the natives first shot at spawn. Finished before the dams were taken out. Tribe was all set to start planting C.C. fish the next year. Took the threat of a law suit to get them to see reason.
     
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  10. Olive bugger

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    Would love to see some big native kingss come cruising up stream with sex on their mind.
     
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  11. stilly stalker

    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    Elwha kings used to be the biggest anywhere- up to a 9 year ocean life cycle. I'd LOVE to see some big ass kings ascending the falls/ rapids to spawn
     
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    My daughter has spent a couple weeks up there this summer on an internship with the NOAA fisheries science lab. Seined up some wild kings below Glines and recorded all sorts of fishies and invertebrates moving around.
     
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    So what is the "benefit" that these species get by laying their eggs so far up the intertidal? Refuge from mechanical disturbance from waves and refuge from predation? Something must be worth the trade off.
     
  14. Olive bugger

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    In my little dream world, I believe that it would be nice to have one (1) wild river, where man's interface with nature is limited so that we could leave some of nature for the next generations. No fishing, No rafting, no mining, not even camping. No hiking trails for folks to litter with their modern day junk. Just keep you sorry arse out!

    I know that greed and immediate gratification will not allow this, but it would be nice......
     
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    i would love to see it become a catch and release only fishery for trout. and keep the targeting of salmon and steelhead closed through the next 10 years. let the strains come back and try to keep the hatchery fish to the least possible. it would be cool to see if there kings can get back to their historical size. just let nature do its thing.
     
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