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I am as anti-guided fishing as I think one can be. But that is my problem, not theirs. I do not see how limiting their days, making them pay higher license fees, business plans and insurance will fix what is at the heart of the problem: To many anglers stuffed into an ever decreasing pool of half assed quality fisheries. If guys want to fish the river, they will fish the river. With or without a guide.
i have no dog in the fight as i do not fish the klickitat but these issues resonate statewide with the number of anglers crowded into less and less places. of course there was a rule proposal that would have reduced the boat fishing on the klickitat. i hope most of those posting on this thread sent in comments supporting those rules.
there are things we can do. there are quality steelhead fisheries that see loads of pressure but still retain some manners. they are often heavily restricted as far as rules (fly only, no fishing from boats, etc.) it would be nice if wdfw would start implementing some of these ideas, one of which would be a river or stretches of rivers that are unguided anglers only. not everywhere but there should be places that are open for all except the now over-commercialization so common in the guide industry.