I wonder why so much anxiety among flyfishers about the steelhead return this year on the North Puget Sound rivers. In years past the rule of thumb was wait until after President's Day for a decent chance to hook a native fish. The hatchery fish were not known to be as agressive to the fly, and though they could be caught they typically sprinted back to the hatcheries. Is it the closing of the C&R season that has so many focused now on fishing earlier and bemoaning the lack of fish? Or just so many new fishermen and women? Just wondering. The runs certainly wax and wane, subject to conditions we barely understand nevermind control. We may well experience a return that tells us again how precious, fragile, and threatened these fish are. Whether this year turns out to be a bust or not, I hope we all do all we can to minimize our personal impact and help preserve what's left. Above all, release native fish, everyone, everywhere, everytime.