I've fished the Skoke, both with fly and gear, quite a bit. I know the stereotypical Skoke "fisherman" leaves something to be desired and I've had plenty of days where I was ready to swear off that river because of the crowds and lack of ethics, but It's still one of my favorites. In my un-educated opinion the Skoke is pretty healthy. There seem to be healthy wild populations of Coho, Chum, Chinook and to a lesser degree Cuthroat and Dolly Varden. For that matter the hatchery raised fish seem to be doing very well. As I understand Coho and Chinook young spend up to two years in a given river before they migrate out to sea so if they can manage to scratch out an existence in the Skoke why aren't there more Steelhead, wild or hatchery. I know there are some caught every year, but just a handful. Historically speaking was the Skoke always a poor Steelheading river? Am I wrong and there is a healthy run, just few fisherman, or few days the river is in shape to make it fishable? Do young Steelhead spend more time in the degraded canal before they head out to sea, therefore, getting a bad start? This is just a topic that's crossed my mind while out on the river. One way or the other I think I'll spend some time this winter fishing for the Skokomish River Steelhead.