The past 5 days have been fairly typical for my partner and I regarding wading and Spey casting in the Forks area. Early morning and late afternoon has resulted in either one or both of us hooking Coho. Landing this fall has been a challenge. Some usual stuff with nasty coastal fish. Hook comes loose at your feet, thrown hook in the air, broke off at the loop knot, head come unglued due to wear of snags of running line. One new way, in my experience, was my partner had a large Coho land on his leader and break off half the tippet below the blood knot. He was using 15# test. Go figure. We took one guided drift boat trip during this period so far. This was on the Hoh after it was “on fire” the day before. Tough for fly fisherman in the rain and fish that did not like flies. Thanks for SRC and Bull that kept us persistent. Took us 3/4 of the day to hook up and land salmon. I was 1 for 2 on Coho. My partner landed a 25# Chinook, the full up and down river story takes too much time to tell. Lots of talk on this site on drag vs. gear and pawl. Used my SH rod an old 3-5/8 Perfect on my Coho. Those around me thought it was broke. Probably a drag would be better for those that want to land their fish. I like the initial free run and chaos as well as the palming challenge. This morning (Saturday) we went to the “popular bar” in the area in the dark to get to Spey cast our favorite spot. Lots of wading gear guys and an armada of drift boats showed up as expected. Took us a while to understand why a group of trucks parked at the national park sign but their occupants walk 100 or so yards down stream to fish. After every fish landed was brought back up to their vehicles, and they then returned to the line of downstream fishermen, did we figure it out that they Must Be all hatchery fish. We did see the PoPo active later on. Oh well, back on one of the rivers, yet to be determined, later this afternoon till dusk. One more week remains.