Occupy Skagit - 2014

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by _WW_, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    The San Juan is one such river, when I was a young teenager we fished the San Juan a few times and did well. I had the biggest steelhead I've ever seen on for a while( or should I say he had me on), but lost him. We fished it for 4 days and saw 0ne bankie and two guys in a drift boat, that was it. They logged the livin fuck outa that place. But I digress, see you @ O/S, I'll drive if you want Charles.
     
  2. Tool Fly

    Tool Fly Active Member

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    I'll be doing my best to make it up to Occupy. Curious, does this turn into a spey clave of sorts? I can always use the extra practice if that's the norm. If not, I'll leave the big stick at home and not worry about it--sign only. Here’s a few I’m considering:

    Raising awareness,
    one released
    fish at a time.

    C&R is part
    of the solution.
    Not the problem.

    Fly fishers give
    fish a voice.
    They say
    let us fish.

    We care,
    spend, catch,
    and release.
    We protect.

    An open C&R season
    means open wallets.

    We care enough
    to C&R. Let us fish!
     
  3. miyawaki

    miyawaki Active Member

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    As we were leaving last year a small group of guys were in the river casting. Nothing organized but it seemed clavish.

    Leland.
     
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  4. DanielOcean

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    I will be there with a sign that says, C&R means Catch and Release.
     
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  5. Charles Sullivan

    Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    CJ,

    I'll be in touch. I may have my kids or I may not. If not, I'll take you up on the offer.

    Go Sox,
    cds
     
  6. HauntedByWaters

    HauntedByWaters Active Member

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    You had me at "clavish" ;)
     
  7. bennysbuddy

    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    Is a discouvery pass required At the steelhead park?
     
  8. doublespey

    doublespey Steelhead-a-holic

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    It's not a State Park (like Raser), so no Discovery Pass needed.
     
  9. Creatch'r

    Creatch'r Heavies...

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    I'll be out of the country or I would come by. My sign would say "the rug really tied the room together."

    Clavey?
     
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    Clavey, better word.
     
  11. flybill

    flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

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    The tug is the drug!

    I will bring at least two rods up to work with.. Lee and I may be able to bring up a few of the new Orvis sticks too.

    Clavey! I like it!
     
  12. _WW_

    _WW_ Geriatric Skagit Swinger

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    Great to see everyone getting ready. I've had connection issues with the forum lately but they are now resolved. (Thanks Chris!!!)


    Last year after the get together, a crowd of us stopped at Annie's Pizza in Concrete - best pizza on the Skagit! They opened up the banquet room for us and were very kind in accommodating us on absolutely zero notice. This demonstrated two things, their hospitality, and the willingness of fishermen to infuse some dollars into the local economy. I am expecting some of us to do the same thing this year so I'll give them a heads up this time. But if I do, then some of us need to show up there so I don't turn into a liar.


    Last Saturday Curt was on The Outdoor Line radio show discussing Occupy Skagit. Here is a link to the podcast:

    http://theoutdoorline.com/podcasts/



    During the event at the park I have reserved the open shelter that we used last year. As I recall it has some or one BBQ facility in case anyone is interested. There are others spread around the park also.



    As I've mentioned before, the event at the park is a great time, tons of fun, and a perfect time to catch up with old friends while trying to garner some public and media attention. But the serious work of Occupy Skagit gets done in Olympia. The commissioners meeting is the one place where your voice gets heard, noticed and recorded. You get to look the movers and shakers of WDFW right in the eye and tell them what you want. These are the guys that decide and direct what gets priority in the department.


    As you might guess there is an enormous amount of attention directed toward harvest opportunities statewide that keeps these commissioners occupied full time. A little ole C&R fishery up north that is shut down for no logical reason is not even on the back burner. And as far as the feds go, it is probably safe to say that it is not even in the kitchen. We can change that.


    The format at the meeting is that you arrive early, fill out a quick form to be allowed to speak to them. All very formal and timed. You are allowed three minutes to say your piece. You don't have to speak for three minutes – you can give them as brief of a statement, or question, as you like.

    I would also point out that speaking is NOT required. As I recall there are about 30-40 chairs in the room and lots of standing room. When I speak I am going to ask the crowd to raise a hand if their attendance is Skagit related. If you can show up and do that, it will means just as much, if not more as any statement you might make.
     
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  13. KerryS

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    Less then two weeks away...
     
  14. bennysbuddy

    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    Bring some Tenkara rods,some of those new ones Orvis is pimpin
     
  15. flybill

    flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

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    I'll bring up my 12' Iwana! It's the only one we sell at Orvis. Might be able to get a few of the bigger ones too, we'll see.