I grew up here in Washington. I wet waded the Toutle when I was about six years old. Then we moved to Tacoma and I fished the Old Sperry Dock, Old Tacoma Dock, and the Dickman Mill remains. Only the Tacoma Dock is still here. Later, at about 12, I spent summers at my aunt's house on Burley Lagoon (Purdy) and fished from an 8 ft. pram with my cousin. The Perch were plentiful then. Not so much now.