I do remember the part about how we are entering the upswing of a 50 year cycle of ocean survival of anadromous fishes. I have no idea how accurate this is because we haven't been collecting data that long.... Anyway, that little bit of info is pretty much the only thing keeping me optimistic these days. I still hook a good deal of wild steelhead in the Puget Sound area but it is more and more often at the times and places you would least excpect. I personally think the crappy sports fishing has to do with the unbelievable increase in fishing pressure in recent years. Same number of wild fish but with 4X the pressure means a lot less takers especially on the fly side. If you aren't lucky enough to show a fresh steel your fly first before bait, lure, other fly et cetera, than you are S.O.L. I catch wild steelhead in those quiet places that aren't getting pounded. They swim 10 feet for my fly sometimes. Haven't had any fish like that during the Skagit/Sauk annual cluster#uck ever. I used to think the ticket was to cover tons of water with a spey, and it pays off a lot, a good strategy and I love two-handers. However, I am more and more fishing with my machete, my patience and wishing for a 5' 8wt fly rod to hit the market.