Yes, Trout Run PA. Waiting for a little rain to make it up into the creek. Its definatly different from out west and the first day I showed up with my spey rod which was as long as the creek was wide. The good of this fishery is that I did not mind eating the catch.
Apples and oranges really. Most salmonsteelhead in WA are migratory and spend a relatively short time in the Puget Sound. Yes, they do have pcb issues, but compared to what I've read about the Great Lakes - apples and oranges. But my comments weren't meant to be a put down on the GL fish. Just an honest question followed by a silly suggestion that might slow down the consumption of our great salmonsteelhead resources...
chadk, I grew up and lived in Washington fishing salmon and steelhead all of my life except the last three years I have spent living in the DC area. I just recently started fishing these fish in PA for a reminder of home and because I just have not been able to get into the bass and pearch thing. I do not know a lot about the pollutants present in the great lakes but the fish consumption advisories for these fish relate to bioaccumulated toxins such as pcb's and heavy metals. These fish also migrate like the salmon and steelhead of the west and it is not the amount of time spent in the lake or puget sound that is responsible for the high bioaccumulation of toxins. The toxins are taken up through the food chain and concentrate in the larger predators, Chinook and then eagles, Orcas or possibly humans, that show the high levels.
The purpose of my comment was to sort of state that it is not apples and oranges and my short time spent out here has shown me how really important the good stewardship of our resources is. I know that the fly fishing comunity as a whole is pretty good so I will get off of my soapbox now.
If I am wrong with any of my facts please feel free to correct me.