On the Water Log, July 16, 2012

Marine Area 9 opened for Chinook today. I imagine that will increase the number of anglers on Admiralty Inlet beaches. The numbers and size of Kings in the western strait has been excellent so far. Jeff Delia got a 30-pound hatchery Chinook last week. Coho fishing has been pretty slow so far this far east, but a few silvers have been taken in Puget Sound. I am hitting the evening tide tonight and will report tomorrow.

Now that we have more or less settled into our new place, I have a very busy week coming up. I am fishing a beaver pond and for saltwater cutts tomorrow, salmon the next day, then guiding cutts in the salt. I’ll be on the coast this weekend, guiding for steelhead and cutthroat.

I still have openings for my West End Weekend seminar at the end of the month. There’s a detailed description of it in my Summer Newsletter.

I finally got around to looking at the Wild Steelhead Coalition’s proposals to eliminate boats from the upper portions of the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel and Hoh. I would love to see that come to pass, especially on the upper Hoh, which has become disgracefully overfished during spring in recent years, and the upper Calawah and South Fork, which should never have been open to boats in the first place. But I wouldn’t expect any support from the majority of the fly fishing guides who work these rivers. And, as Bob Piggott used to say, implementing restrictions on the upper portions of the rivers only focuses more pressure on the lower rivers.

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