RE:Chum dawgs and broken rods...
Chum run was late and not very big.
I fished them on the Sky a couple days and failed to hook any. There were a couple big ones rolling in the seam at Wallace Flats (you've gotta fish that spot someday) but I couldn't get them to take either the green or pink flies that I've had quite a bit of success with in prior years.
A couple float guys targeting them in back-eddys did well, but the fly guys I talked to said fishing was as tough as they've seen it. Fish were also over 2 weeks late - they started arriving in late November and the runs seemed to peak the first couple weeks of December.
The low returns were expected - the year these fish were smolt the Puget Sound rivers were ravaged with major flooding and the mortality on eggs and fry was significant.