What early run on the skagit? Is the 67 miles of closed river below the Dalles bridge not enough buffer for the “early entry” of nookachamps steelhead that occurred below the fishing deadline of traditional skagit regs ? Is the 23 plus miles of closed habitat between darrington and the forks not enough buffer? What about the forks themselves? What about the suiattle? The cascade? What about Finney creek and day creek and the myriad of other closed yet fishable streams? Is April too late to close it even though it is a month from peak spawn? Maybe it shouldn’t reopen in June since fish will be actively digging until Mid July? How much more water needs to be closed and protected before our barbless hooks are safe? The same people crying foul have no issue fishing the coast throughout the entire duration of the spawn and enjoy “bush whacking” into the park boundaries where the rivers turn into Dick trickles and redds and vulnerable steelhead can be found reliably in early February and even January if you know where to look. Where you can fish from tidewater amongst the gill nets to pea gravel miles and miles up park waters and no one bats an eye to the potential impact. If the skagit regs aren’t conservative enough than it makes the statement that no fishery is conservative enough no matter how wet you keep them and how you choose to angle for them. I don’t agree.