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Anglers Plan to “Occupy Skagit” to Restore the Catch-and-Release Season

Posted on February 28 2013

Leland Skagit

Leland Miyawaki ties on a fly on Washington's Skagit River.

photo courtesy Leland Miyawaki

[Editor's Note: Anglers aren't much known for civil disobedience, but April 6th will be a day of protest on Washington's Skagit River. I asked Leland Miyawaki, former fishing manager of Orvis Bellevue, to explain what's behind the movement.]

Civil Disobedience? A protest wade-in? Yes, we will step into the river to cast our yarn on Saturday, April 6, despite the fact that the river is closed to all fishing, and then proceed to Department hearings.

Why? It is not an easy answer. As some of you may know, the fishing regulations in Washington are not easy to understand. To most of us, they are a quagmire at best.

The Skagit River and her famous tributary, the Sauk, hold a dear spot in every steelheader's heart because they are home to one of the greatest races of spring-returning, wild winter steelhead. History, tradition, and stories abound, as do all our. . .

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