When I lived there, I recall that it was illegal to be in possession of steelhead gear in closed waters. I guess you'd have to have every hook in your possession clipped off
As a hardcore steelheader myself, I do sympathize but... how'd you like to be 'shut off' from late October thru May? Took a while to get used to New England winters but the beauty of flyfishing is all the off-water activities. Tying conclaves, shows, get-togethers and this weekend we rented a massive athletic facility to get our casting arms tuned for the upcoming thaw. Man do I miss the year-round fishin'.
I am somewhat comforted by the thought of Skagit submarines getting to their headwaters, although it's sad that it has come to the point where even the restricted catch and release fishery pays for the sins of mismanagement and kill fisheries. Doesn't make a lot of sense to me.
Let's hope the efforts of the WSC result in healthier runs to quiet the doubt that closes even the C&R seasons.