i disagree that we have no impact with the level of traffic currently seen on the hoh. when over 75% of the run is c&r'ed during prime fishing conditions that adds up (actually probably closer to 100% of the fish entering the river during the season as total run size includes fish that enter after the season closes). we are responsible for our own actions and reducing our mortality via sanctuary water and no bait regulations adds some fish to spawning beds. the tribe isn't netting the upper river, and the fish that get through the nets when they are out of the water (either by schedule or during big water events) become our responsibility. there is a reason the finest well known steelhead rivers have restrictive regulations, especially since most of the famous ones have harvest issues outside of our control. no one can honestly call me a tribal apologist, but the tribe is gonna do what the tribe is gonna do and screaming about their bad behavior to justify our own is pretty selfish imo. of course, the crowding on the hoh chased me off the river long ago. i haven't fished it in the winter since before i shut down my charter fishing business back in 2005. it has gotten so much worse since then and any steelheading plans i now have will focus either on summer-runs or winter-runs far away from what the olympic peninsula has become.