Great, we don't have the data but are certain we have the answer.
Criticism can be cheap. If the price of criticism was to bring a better alternative (complete with reasoning why) to the table, what do you have to offer?
BTW, your internet research posting of Skagit steelhead escapement numbers since 1978, while a good start, is way too insufficient to support your recommendations. I doubt you want to be taken seriously, but if you do, you've got to do quite a lot better than that.