What is the commercial value of the wild steelhead in the Skagit? What is the commercial value of catch and release fisheries in Montana? Really? Please elaborate on how the steelhead in the Skagit are more valuable to the economy then the trout in the Rockies... It is a management issue and if the Montana took the same approach regarding wild, native fish, there wouldn't be much open to fish. While I agree that the massive crowds do not directly benefit the fish on the Skagit. The Hoh, Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, Queets, and Quinalt all win. And if we are talking about conservation of wild steelhead, thats seems like a win to me. Especially if other rivers in the PS can follow a hopefully successful Skagit model. Get off your high horse.