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Forum: Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 06-27-2008, 09:58 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 592
Posted By Smalma
Eric - While I don't fish the south Sound from...

Eric -
While I don't fish the south Sound from the reports one hears it sounds as if that fishery is holding up well.

Here in North Sound (both the salt and rivers) my sense is that the fishery...
Forum: Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 10-17-2007, 01:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,278
Posted By Smalma
Steve - Not verbose at all - in fact a very...

Steve -
Not verbose at all - in fact a very good summary of the article.

While this research doesn't answer all the questions it certianly provides so information for consideration and should...
Forum: Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 10-16-2007, 08:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,278
Posted By Smalma
Steve - In thsi months's Science the article...

Steve -
In thsi months's Science the article that I read showed that the (hxw) fish (2 nd generation) were 40% less productive when spawning in the wild as the (WxW) fish. The researches also found...
Forum: Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 10-15-2007, 09:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,278
Posted By Smalma
Fred - This latest hatchery survival study is...

Fred -
This latest hatchery survival study is on point regarding those wild brood stock programs. What the researchers did was compare the survival of the off spring of hatchery reared fish that...
Forum: Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 09-23-2006, 09:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,531
Posted By Smalma
The issue of increasing by-catch of steelhead...

The issue of increasing by-catch of steelhead while targeting salmon returning to the man-made spawning channels is a very important component to this issue.

It is compounded by the relative...
Forum: Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 08-30-2006, 09:23 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 530
Posted By Smalma
Steelhead comments due

The deadline for comments on the Washington State's draft steelhead assessment paper/management plan is fast approaching.

http://wdfw.wa.gov/do/newreal/release.php?id=jul2806a

Comments will be...
Forum: Our Environment 08-28-2006, 03:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 799
Posted By Smalma
wrke - I didn't bookmark the reference but here...

wrke -
I didn't bookmark the reference but here is a report in the popular press (beware it is from the fish farm industry source) that reports much the same-

http://www.wfga.net/issues.asp?id=60...
Forum: Our Environment 08-28-2006, 11:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 799
Posted By Smalma
Juro - Scary stuff - I watch pretty closely...

Juro -
Scary stuff -
I watch pretty closely which fish I consume - most of salmon that I eat are those that feed lower on the food chain - sockeye, pinks, and Puget Sound resident coho (their diet...
Forum: Our Environment 08-05-2006, 10:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,092
Posted By Smalma
Juro - It is indeed great news that the dams...

Juro -
It is indeed great news that the dams are finally coming down. It will be interesting to see how quickly that the various fish stocks colonize the newly accessible habitat. I kind of wish...
Forum: Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 07-08-2006, 04:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,092
Posted By Smalma
Thanks for the kind words guys! Was not sure...

Thanks for the kind words guys!

Was not sure whether readers would find my ramblings of interest or value. I do enjoy taking my observations and forming theories on the fish's behaviors and see...
Forum: Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 07-05-2006, 09:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,092
Posted By Smalma
Aah - the dilemma of getting a fish to come back...

Aah - the dilemma of getting a fish to come back for a second chance. Because of the differnces in behavior I have found different approaches for summers and winters can be effective.

Often the...
Forum: Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 05-27-2006, 09:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 876
Posted By Smalma
One of the difficult things about fishing the...

One of the difficult things about fishing the salt for summer steelhead is the extend period over which they run. The best fishing summer or winter is that period when the most fish/day are moving...
Forum: Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 05-24-2006, 10:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 876
Posted By Smalma
Eric - Have done it in the north Puget Sound...

Eric -
Have done it in the north Puget Sound area back a number of years ago when I spend a much larger portion of my fishing time targeting steelhead however I don't recall ever doing so with all...
Forum: Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 05-20-2006, 11:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,550
Posted By Smalma
Kerry- A 44 inch fish is truly a gaint of a...

Kerry-
A 44 inch fish is truly a gaint of a steelhead - a fish of many lifetimes!. Of all the many Puget Sound steelhead I have seen I could count the number of 44 inch I have seen caught on 1 hand...
Forum: Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 05-03-2006, 11:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 472
Posted By Smalma
Todd - Thanks for the story - Soos is...

Todd -
Thanks for the story -

Soos is truly one of the great folks of this world.

Tight lines
Curt
Forum: Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 05-03-2006, 10:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,550
Posted By Smalma
I have to agree that being lucky can play a large...

I have to agree that being lucky can play a large role in catching on these "trophy" fish. Over the years I had the pleasure of checking/handling a pretty fair numbers of those fish - heck I may...
Forum: Worldwide Flyfishing Discussion 09-28-2005, 09:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 659
Posted By Smalma
Wow - What a pig - However lets face it all...

Wow -
What a pig -
However lets face it all record fish are freaks of nature and are not ever typcially of the species in question. While it is hard to tell from the limited picture it looks to me...
Forum: Our Environment 09-27-2005, 10:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,307
Posted By Smalma
Lenny - An interesting topic - and you are...

Lenny -
An interesting topic - and you are right it is not an original idea - there are several examples of this approach. When applied to the real world it is clear that FRFFs may not be the...
Forum: Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 09-24-2005, 11:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 700
Posted By Smalma
Ken - Got to love this "Indian Summer weather"....

Ken -
Got to love this "Indian Summer weather". Have to agree that this may be the best season of the year. Contra to what has happen with most anandormous runs of fish this year our favorite...
Forum: Ocean Flyfishing for Salmon 09-22-2005, 06:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,279
Posted By Smalma
Think there is little doubt that salmon returns...

Think there is little doubt that salmon returns throughout western Washington are down from expectations.

Looks like most Puget Sound chinook returns were 50 to70% of expectations. Pink returns...
Forum: Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 09-09-2005, 12:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 529
Posted By Smalma
Moonlight - Given what has happened with other...

Moonlight -
Given what has happened with other steelhead runs I afraid that it is likely that indicates are for the low (disaster levels) values of 15 to 25% of normal.

Without commerical...
Forum: Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 08-31-2005, 08:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 803
Posted By Smalma
Jj - I agree with the others - Have always...

Jj -
I agree with the others - Have always believed that regulations should reflect the most likely situation. In this case it is unlikely in the next few years there will be enough fish for a CnR...
Forum: Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 08-31-2005, 07:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,185
Posted By Smalma
JJ - I certainly did not mean to lump with the...

JJ -
I certainly did not mean to lump with the do nothing crowd. Rather my aim was to demostrate that the number of folks that are attempting to do something for the resource or even to libbying...
Forum: Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 08-30-2005, 09:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,185
Posted By Smalma
JJ - I did not say that the rationale were...

JJ -
I did not say that the rationale were anywhere complete just that there are some provided that might give some insight in future submittals. I thought that might be helpful for what Flytyer...
Forum: Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 08-27-2005, 10:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,185
Posted By Smalma
Kerry/Flytyer - I singled you out as we have...

Kerry/Flytyer -
I singled you out as we have had several conversations about your interest/dis-satifaction about the current regulations/management.

Flytyer -
Just a note - the proposals are...
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