Rob not sure if you know this but this kind of statement is what causes you to lose credibility with many readers/posters on this site. It is just plain, flat out wrong and similar in nature as to why the author of the magazine article was criticized for writing inaccurate information within his article. Of course there will be some benefits to having the Skagit fishery opened. What about the hundreds of anglers that may participate? What about the small business owners of the upper Skagit towns (motels, gas stations, tackle/fly shops, etc.)? What about the sci techs themselves who are creeling the fishery? What about the department that will undoubtedly sell more licenses as a result of the opener? While none of those reasons are as important as conducting a safe fishery for the actual steelhead population, the creel monitoring is what allows us to know what that impact is. While you may not agree with the costs of conducting the monitoring, the reality is that is what it costs...whether you or anybody else likes it or not. If you would have wrote something like "The cost of monitoring the fishery, in my opinion, is not worth the risk of conducting the fishery because of the following reasons...then that would have been acceptable. But to simply state there will be no benefit to anyone is just a little ridiculous.