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· Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!
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I knew this would get your attention.

I was thinking about how oxymoronic it is to see Catch and Release seasons being closed during emergency conditons on anadromous runs of fish. Of course I understand that it is only during emergencies. But if they had more Catch and Release seasons, on more water, for longer periods of time,(obviously with less harvest), then this rediculous situation would not occur.

Being a relative newcomer to the Pacific Northwest I have had to do allot of serious reading and study and get involved in allot of groups etc, to learn as much as I can. It is an enormous task to wrap one's self around the many issues of fisheries management here. A life's work.

It is most disturbing to me that one of the great modern management "tools",(Catch and Release), would become such a threat, to the few remaining spawning fish, that the managers would have to close that too.

That is an emergency in and of it's self.

I hope that those of you who have taken on the no-kill ethic as a fundamental in your fly fishing life, will take the time to be sure you are doing the least harm possible in your catch and release fly fishing; adequate weight rods for the species targeted, heavier leaders and tippets, smaller hooks, barbless hooks, briefer "playing time", little to no handling of the fish out of water, releasing the fish without avoidable injury, and knowing when too much catch and release, in a given area, is too much for the fish to handle. It seems that now, more than ever, we need to set the example for preserving the future of or wild fish and our way of life. Releasing wild fish is not a sacrifice, it is an investment.
 

· Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!
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In case there is any doubt after reading the above; I am not advocating that we should be fishing over stocks that are facing such a catastrophic collapse that even catch and release has to be closed. So no, I myself am not being selfish about this. The whole point is and was that it really is extraordinary that such a good management tool is not used earlier, and to greater extent, and that it gets relegated to the tawdry position of being another threat to the wild steelhead's survival.
 
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