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I had the pleasure of getting out one day this week to my favorite combat fishing hole. Out of the 7 fish my buddy and me landed 4 were nates which we released without being taken out of the water. I noticed that more than 50% of the fish I saw caught were nates and released, some more quickly than others. It just makes me sick to see how some people handle the treasures of the NW. I just am curious if any of you have noticed more natives in the catch this year or if I just hit it on a lucky day. I wish all the steelies fought like those nates do, no comparison betweent them and brats.
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There realy aren't more nates than hatchery, in fact they are outnumbered at least three to one, if not more. This can be seen by looking at the dam counts. Dam Counts

Thing is the nates are much more agressive than the hatchery fish. In July we were catching about 10 nates to every 1 hatchery on the Columbia.
 
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