That's great news Kerry! Glad you had the reel screaming. Those Skagit fish are something else.
It's unfortunate that those of us who care so much about these magnificent fish pay the price for decades of mismanagement by others. I certainly hope we can get to catch and release regulations for all wild fish soon so that kill methods won't impact the native runs the way they do now. They'll still be faced with habitat, incidental tribal and commercial harvest, juvenile predation, ocean temperature variations and their effect, etc. It's never an easy battle but at least we can make their homeward journey free of recreational kill.
Thanks for reporting on your success, I look forward to hearing more.
happy new year,