RE:Chum dawgs and broken rods...
Chums are one of my absolute favorite fish -- aggressive fly attackers, great fighters, and super abundant (ordinarily). Because of the pressures of work, I couldn't get out this year to my favorite chum streams on Tillamook Bay, but it sounds as if the runs were depressed this year.
Oregon has been protecting the chums somewhat, but closing the season on November 15 and up till then allowing only catch and release. Does anyone have a report on what the Oregon situation was like this year? I would hope that the no-catch and early closures were leading to a rebounding of the chum populations. Maybe there's a problem in the ocean or high water wiped out the spawn a couple years back.