In my mail from The Guides Forecast
Nearly 20 years ago, we (Bob Rees and brother Doug) started The Guide’s Forecast to bring a community of anglers together in what we thought would be a platform for advocacy for Pacific Northwest Fisheries. Although we’ve certainly enjoyed bringing you the most complete and accurate fishing information and forecast for all these years, I remain perplexed on what it takes to bring anglers out to fight for a future for our fish.
Don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere, but the need to fight for a future for the sport we love so much and have built a livelihood on (in the case of 23 years as a professional fishing guide) is greater now than ever before. We need anglers to tell their stories of who helped them catch their first fish, why certain rivers mean so much to you, and most importantly, how we can ensure a legacy of opportunity like what we had back in the “good ‘ol days.”
Katri Rees with her 1st Columbia River Chinook salmon
We believe the current downturn in our fisheries won’t last forever, there are hopefully better times ahead, but we’re nearing rock bottom and if we don’t come together as a community, the status quo will drive our fish to extinction sooner than you think.
We’ll try and do a better job of letting you know where to focus your efforts and as is the case today, we’ll even try to sweeten the pot to try and get your involved.
Recently we shared some Columbia Sportswear Employee Passes and it was a BIG HIT. We still have some employee passes left that should go to deserving participants in Vancouver, Washington this Thursday (January 9th) at 5:30 p.m.
Governor Inslee is testing the waters to see if those that care about salmon will show up to be a part of the state’s STAKEHOLDER PROCESS to determine if Snake River Dam removal should be an option if Snake River salmon continue their pathway to extinction.
Your chance to participate will be THIS THURSDAY, January 9th, starting around 5:30 p.m. Here are the deeper details:
January 9th from 6:00pm – 9:00 pm: Vancouver
Washington State University Vancouver – Dengerink Administration Building (VDEN)
14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave, Vancouver, WA 98686-9600
Yeah, it’s not a sexy process, another hearing, I know. It’s hard to get excited about it, but it’s what we need to do to give salmon a fighting chance and also improve our odds at catching one!
Remember back in 2002 when we got to fish nearly 40 days during peak season on the Columbia River? Remember when we could keep 2 Columbia River spring Chinook each day if we were lucky enough? Yea, I almost forgot too. Here’s a little reminder of where we are today, and what we used to have for opportunity:
Yea, we’ll be lucky to get another 7 days into April in 2020 too. I thought recovery was supposed to get better over time. Why do we keep sliding backwards?
So come and meet me in room 129 in the VDEN building and not only will you get to advocate for improving our Columbia River spring Chinook salmon seasons, but I’ll share 2 free Employee Store passes to Columbia Sportswear where you have access to DEEP DISCOUNTS to Mountain Hardwear, SOREL, prAna, and fo course Columbia Sportswear! A trip to the Employee Store will save you bundles on high-quality gear if/when we do get to fish for spring Chinook on the Columbia in April this year and in the future.
Help us Save Our Salmon for you and for future generations of anglers up and down the Columbia River!
RSVP your attendance to me at [email protected]
or text/call (503) 812-9036 so I can be sure to bring enough store passes! Thank you for caring for our salmon, YOU will be the voice for recovery!