River closure

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by skyrise, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. CLO

    CLO It's not the fly, you suck.

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    But even after the lowest number of steelhead back in years on the Methow they leave it open...

    WDFW- you guys have no credibility in this state.
     
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  2. Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    It is a sad state of affairs.
     
  3. ambassadeur10000

    ambassadeur10000 Member

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    thank the good lord I fish the Great Lakes for my steelhead. I wonder why the Great Lakes has such phenomenal steelheading with their hatcheries?
     
  4. golfman44

    golfman44 4-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year

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    That would be because they aren't steelhead.
     
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  5. ambassadeur10000

    ambassadeur10000 Member

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    say what you'd like, but its nice to catch 10 mongoloid fish up to 15 pounds on a nice winter day
     
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  6. golfman44

    golfman44 4-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year

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    For sure. Its just survival in the lake has to be sooooo much easier than survival in the ocean...which was the point iI was trying to make
     
  7. ambassadeur10000

    ambassadeur10000 Member

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    I understand that, but I don't believe anyone is happy with how the hatcheries on the west coast are run.
     
  8. Jason Rolfe

    Jason Rolfe Wanderer

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    I think most fly anglers are more concerned with the fact that we have the hatcheries in the first place.

    Whether or not hatchery brats in the GL do better than in the PNW is a moot point as far as how happy anyone is.
     
  9. FinLuver

    FinLuver Active Member

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    Why "fly anglers"?

    What makes them so special??
     
  10. Jason Rolfe

    Jason Rolfe Wanderer

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    What makes you ask so many inane questions?

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  11. Charles Sullivan

    Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    One thing that makes fly anglers special is the they spend time on WASHINGTON FLYFISHING.

    Go Sox,
    cds
     
  12. _WW_

    _WW_ Fishes with Wolves

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    Go out and have a look around! 'nuff said!
     
  13. FinLuver

    FinLuver Active Member

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    For WW & JR...

    If "fly fishers" are so special and conservation minded, then why do ALL the books written by those so called "steelhead saviors" have photos with a finger or stick crammed through the gills of a fish?

    And why would they "target" wild fish while they hold up for the rains before they enter their natal rivers??

    YEP...a pretty SPECIAL group of people!!
     
  14. Charles Sullivan

    Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    Finlover,

    Many of those photos are old. Perspectives and knowledge change over time. I'm sure happy every event in my life was not photographed for future judgement.

    As far as targetting wild fish goes. I target them with a clear conciense (sp?). I understand the mortality and feel it's acceptable in the populations I target. Because, it's super low.

    Lastly, it's become clear that you have a problem with C&R. That is fine. I don't understand it, but it's fine. It may be better, so we all know what your actual problems are re: hatchery fish and C&R. It seems to deal with hte spring King hatchery lawsuit in Oregon. Mostly what you've done in your time here is to call people hypocrites and liars without backing it up much. What are these studies being used improperly? I am truly interested.

    Go Sox,
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  15. FinLuver

    FinLuver Active Member

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    CS...the books are old and new; and some of those authors are still on this earth.

    "I guess if my orgy days were over and I had my fun, I'd be advocating for abstinence or a total ban on sex too."

    For the record, I practice catch n release for wild fish (I teach my son the same)..and .hatchery fish are fair game for the table.

    The issue I have is the science that is being preached that is "skewed" to sway people to a "particular" point of view and then preached to the masses as gospel; and with some of the preachers (above said authors) spreading the word. There are young and impressionable minds out there; misinforming them is wrong.

    What I really like (or dislike) about the science out there, is it contradicts itself and the inverse of the findings can be equally true and relevant. And often times, the scientific reports utilize data from a river that are miles away and totally different in its ecological diversity; therefore it MUST be "relevant".

    Just as you pointed out (regarding the printed materials), the "old" hatchery methods were outdated and bad. Here in Oregon, bringing a cross bred Washington fish to propagate ours rivers was wrong. But, I believe hatcheries have their place too. Take them away and your wild stocks will decrease even more; and your international fleet will be raping them with unregulated abandon.

    To say "hatcheries are bad on wild fish" is pure nonsense; in certain practices/circumstances that may be true. But, I would say the decline in fish stocks has more to do with management practices, harvest, and environmental issues than it does with hatchery-vs-wild issues.

    To preach hatchery fish are somehow "inferior" is a fallacy. For the "dumb" fish to survive all the issues it must to make it back to spawn; and then to says its offspring are somehow "dumb" too is inaccurate science. Because if that's the case, one could make a case to ban artificial insemination, test tube babies and surrogacy (or better yet, anyone one welfare can not have kids) on the premise the these offspring would be "dumb" and somehow inferior. (Kinda sounds like the relevant data used in a scientific fishy report... doesn't it??)

    When it comes to the "science", it all comes down to who's paying for it as to the results we get.

    Case in point, the studies regarding coffee and egg consumption...about every other week, it was "good" it was "bad" it was "good' it was "bad"... (you get the picture).

    Give me concrete facts to support the science and I'll support the cause 100%!! But you better have the science to support the inverse as well for public viewing.

    ps: the Oregon lawsuit...are you referring to the McKenzie River? If so, to have a underlying motive hidden under the guise of conservation is the worst type of informational preaching out there...IMHO...but holding ODFW to the fire under the rules that have been established is good...unfortunately for ODFW, they have contradictory objectives trying to appease both sides of the table...and the fish didn't get an invite or table setting.