I'm in support for just opening the skagit and seeing how she goes. I think the dot orgs have done enough meddling in the final hour with all their petty opposition. I've always been pretty clear about that. I'm all for using a selective rules strategy and seeing how it goes, the historic rules. Of course my motivation is to get pressure off the peninsula to some degree. These dot orgs really should figure out that the less open water the more pressure on the remains.
The three days a week sucks. Its as if they want to consolidate as many anglers as possible on to the river so they can get the max data possible in a given time frame. I get the thinking on that except it turns in to a total cluster f##$.
In regards to fishing from a boat Im ok with that on the Skagit as long as your not under power. Fishing from a jet boat side drifting with 8 clients in the boat is one of the reasons this fishery suffered in the past. Add 4 boats doing this every day during CNR season from Baker to Rockport and you put a huge strain on a wild fishery. Its insane it was even aloud in the past and its time to put that shit to rest.
In regards to fishing out of a boat on the Sauk. If its allowed great. Its been working just fine for a very long time I have personally never had issues with other anglers doing this infact I have learned alot from watching them. If were talking a large contingent of bobber guys doing this and a multitude of outfitters promoting it like on the OP. Good luck! Thats were natural selection comes in to play. Its a different mentality on the Sauk and I have witnessed some pretty bad shit happen to assholes who are disrespectful of other anglers. So in a way its going to have its own inforcement which has been in place for along time.
Interesting results. I found the fact that the Mill Creek audience actually did what was asked at a higher rate was interesting.
The only rule I was interested in was a no nymphing rule. I did not care about the sidedrifters and cork soakers but I really would like no nymphing. I understand it's not enforceable but something has got to be done!
I was fishing a local river yesterday with a friend. A driftboat came through and straight up corked him, casting directly where he had been as the rower positioned the boat in the middle of the small run in front of him. I've seen this sort of behavior enough that I think it may be a silent majority that has had it with the boats.
Three days a week would reduce the out of town people. That's especially true if they are not consecutive. We can't have people from Finland or Sweden coming to fish. Petosa would be pissed!
It's going to be a shit show every way you slice it due to the 14 day season. If it's 14 consecutive days you'll have dudes taking a whole week off work and camping on runs because it's their only chance to fish it. If you spread out those 14 days, you help avoid some of that. It will still be a shit show but much less of one compared to 14 consecutive days....assuming of course the river is in shape.