01-09-2003, 03:28 PM
I talked with a WDFW agent this morning and he said the returns of both wild and hatchery fish are the lowest they have seen on the Green. His last words were "just keep fishing".
We had a simular discussion with the ranger on the Queets two weeks ago.
I am not qualified to be saying any of this, but could it be that the region-wide dismal numbers seem to be a result of some large-scale influence, like ocean currents perhaps (?) It is strange that the returns are so low. I will be curious to see how things progress over the course of the season. I hope the motherlode is just swimming a wider circle out in the north pacific, fingers crossed.
I miss the Green. It's probably the most under-rated little river in the area. It's loaded with little secret spots from the headworks to the park to the gorge to the lower stretches, and toward the end of the open season the wild fish move in pretty solid for a river with a poor reputation. They never keep it open but one year in 12 once the wild fish move into the river, but some come early and they leave the upper river open where one can practice C&R on the upper river wild fish if desired.
Hope things pick up, for the fish's sake!
01-14-2003, 12:22 PM
I fished a spot I found during the summer and I was so sure that if there were any fish in the run, I would have hooked it. The river is fishing beautifully for us flyfishers at it's current level. Also, the new $5 parking fee is keeping guys from fishing the park.