Smalma, you can speak for me anytime and thanks for joining the discussion!
Anytime you have a big run of salmonids entering Puget Sound, there are a bunch of stocks from different streams contributing to reach that "big" number.
Differing stocks all posess unique qualities borne of their genetic variability. A wide range of run timing, size, prefered diet and behavior is a huge competitive and adaptive advantage.
The fact we're seeing coho of all shapes, sizes and descriptions is a wonderful and obviously welcome sign of a healthy Pacific Ocean and a productive Puget Sound.
The fact that the oceanic "groceries" have been that good for the pinks and coho bodes well for our winter steelhead as well. How long has it been since we've seen a solid winter steelie season?
Let's hope and pray that the La Nina winter puts snow in the mountains that stays there until our rivers need the flow in the spring and summer.
No 'Pineapple Expresses" please!!!