This was years ago, but I embarked on a save the wild steelhead crusade. I probably hit a dozen fish mongers around Seattle and Bellevue that were selling fresh wild steelhead. The Pike Place Market used to stack up OP wild steelhead like cordwood at every fish monger there. I left home a few years ago, so I have no idea what its like now. Anyways, I called Fish and Game on every site making sure things were on the up and up. I was told by the owner of the fish market right off of the Ave in the University District that as long as the fish is bought from an authorized tribal entity, its okay. Of all the places I checked, all were selling wild steelhead and all were legal according to Fish and Game. We are talking about a shitload of fish, especially wild Hoh river steelies which seemed to be the main supply river. And to think, the runs are moving swiftly into the depressed range on that river. The "bright side" is that in a few years when the river is fished out we'll just buy the tribe a hatchery and let them manage it with hatchery mutants so they can continue to live by the traditions and conservation minded stewardship they have followed for thousands of years. Granted, the newcomers to the New World (us) are the ones who really did and are still doing the lions share of the damage but at some time our half stewards and co-managers as established by treaties and then Judge Boldt have to admit "way of life" is becoming a weaker rallying cry every time a set of nets is pulled out of the mouth of a river (or left in to rot for months with the native fish dead in it. As for ripping Tom for holding the fish out of the water, get in the back of the line. We've all taken a shot at Tom a time or two. That's cherry picking though. Easy. The bottom line is that Tom is passionate and puts the fish first and I feel fortunate that he and Will and our other young warriors are someday going to be the stewards and watchdogs and managers of our dwindling precious resource. For that we are lucky indeed.