Occupy Skagit

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
#31
WW,

If all you "protesters" are gonna' walk in, I might just drag my boat up to spread out the action a little. Still, no hooks, just straight shanks. Then maybe meet up at HMSP for a potluck and a beer?

Sg
 

TallFlyGuy

Adipossessed!
#32
I vote for an occupy the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife in Olympia and/or Seattle. If a couple hundred people show up and protest with signs about the Skagit and the OP etc, and the media gets involved, it might actually turn a few heads. Has anything ever been done like this? If we all meet out at the skagit, don't think it would get the "kick" it deserves.
 

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
#33
If we plan to occupy the Seattle WDFW office we might have a hard time finding it. It moved out of town in the1980s to Mill Ck. And actually I don't think it would be any more productive to protest at a WDFW office. Get the media involved and say what? "We're pissed because WDFW closed the rivers we want to fish because the steelhead runs are ESA listed and under-escaped!" It's a lot easier to spin the situation against us than for us. "After all we just want to interupt the steelhead's migration to the spawning grounds and play with them for a few minutes, because yes, we are that sick."
 

TallFlyGuy

Adipossessed!
#34
If we plan to occupy the Seattle WDFW office we might have a hard time finding it. It moved out of town in the1980s to Mill Ck. And actually I don't think it would be any more productive to protest at a WDFW office. Get the media involved and say what? "We're pissed because WDFW closed the rivers we want to fish because the steelhead runs are ESA listed and under-escaped!" It's a lot easier to spin the situation against us than for us. "After all we just want to interupt the steelhead's migration to the spawning grounds and play with them for a few minutes, because yes, we are that sick."
They can spin it that way wherever we meet. Much easier and broader visibilty if it is done where lots of people can see us.
 

KerryS

Ignored Member
#36
Casting practice in wdfw's parking lot? I think it makes more sense to do this on the river. If you want the media involved tell them we are out there and perhaps someone might show up. If so then they see people actually on the river doing what we enjoy doing and they might even figure out why we are there.
 

BDD

Active Member
#37
If I'm asked what the hell I'm doing out there it will be a quick and easy answer.
"If WDFW and the Co-Managers are going to pretend to manage our fish, then I'm going to pretend to fish for them."
If we plan to occupy the Seattle WDFW office we might have a hard time finding it. It moved out of town in the1980s to Mill Ck. And actually I don't think it would be any more productive to protest at a WDFW office. Get the media involved and say what? "We're pissed because WDFW closed the rivers we want to fish because the steelhead runs are ESA listed and under-escaped!" It's a lot easier to spin the situation against us than for us. "After all we just want to interupt the steelhead's migration to the spawning grounds and play with them for a few minutes, because yes, we are that sick."
Those are two pretty frickin' awesome quotes.

I like the idea of a fish-in on the Skagit in April. If you could get a hundred guys up fishing with no hook points in closed waters, I gotta think one of the big-name outdoor writers would do a story and it would make some press...and hopefully raise the awareness of the situation. Maybe we could get some of the big-name Spey dudes/sponsors/reps involved and have a Spey Clave?
 
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golfman65

Guest
#39
I'm in....If we lack media attention we can take pictures and send them into the various local papers...
Great idea and I think the line ...
"If WDFW and the Co-Managers are going to pretend to manage our fish, then I'm going to pretend to fish for them."

should be printed up as our banner....

steelhead park? 4/10​
 

TallFlyGuy

Adipossessed!
#43
Casting practice in wdfw's parking lot? I think it makes more sense to do this on the river. If you want the media involved tell them we are out there and perhaps someone might show up. If so then they see people actually on the river doing what we enjoy doing and they might even figure out why we are there.
My only question then, is this going to be a protest or some sort of speyclave get together?
 
#44
If I'm asked what the hell I'm doing out there it will be a quick and easy answer.
"If WDFW and the Co-Managers are going to pretend to manage our fish, then I'm going to pretend to fish for them."
This statement should go on a T-shirt.

I'm in. I'll help in any way I can; however, it seems the only attention we may draw is from enforcement rather than biologists or policy makers.
 

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