A little history on the Elwha,
......a concrete dam was built a few miles from the mouth, no fish ladder installed wiping out a run of very large fish Ground beneath the dam wasnt able to hold back the force of the resivoir and blew out a big hole under the dam :doh: making a large concrete bridge :hoboy: Rocks were blasted off the walls of the canyon and pulled under the dam filling in the hole under the dam. Smaller rocks filled in the holes and eventually the reservoir was paved trying to hold back the water. The reservoir is very shallow (around 20 - 30 feet +/-)
I have not seen the dam for almost 20 years. We provided a quote to try and stop/slow the 400 +/- gallons a minute of water leaking under the dam. Our proposal was not accepted.
So many people say "what an ugly beast". Myself it's beautiful. Maybe not in aesthetics but in it's genetics. Yes the rivers can still produce giant fish.
The head on that fish weighs more than most whole springer's...