There is a river that I like to fish for steelhead that no longer is getting hatchery plants as of last spring. The reason is because of the inter breeding of the hatchery fish with the "wild/native" stock. I say stock, because it is just that. After many discussions and e-mails, it's been obvious that there is no real strain left of the wild/native fish in the river. Meaning that the wild/native fish that are there now, are nothing more than a compilation of "test tube" fish. There hasn't been a true generation of wild/native fish in there for decades, they're "manufactured" fish...including the hatchery ones. My question is, why? Why then would they all of a sudden just think that a manufactured fish is going to turn wild? Can that happen? Common sense says that it can be, but from what I've learned from the studies that NOAA has put out over the past couple of years, it can't be - or at least they say. Can the "hatchery gene", if you will, be bred out over a few generations? I guess it makes sense to shut the river down if it can be. However if it can't be, and they know it can't be, why do this? Doesn't it seem kind of hypocritical to manufacture a fish...just to call it "wild or native"? Doesn't this just seem to look like window dressing? Anyone have any insight?