The start of a new year is full of hope that the upcoming year will be better than the one that just ended. When it comes to the saltwater salmon fisheries for Summer 2013 I think we actually might be in luck.
We will have to wait until mid to late February for the official salmon forecasts as part of the season setting process known as North of Falcon, but there has been some very preliminary talk of what is to come.
As a fly fisherman I am mostly interested in one number when it comes to the coho fishery at Neah Bay and that is the Columbia River coho forecast. A small forecast is not a guarantee of poor fishing but a large forecast almost certainly means great fishing.
The preliminary talk is that the Columbia River coho salmon run will be "Improved over 2012." This is good news and I am looking forward to seeing the hard numbers.
With 2013 also being a pink salmon year it looks like the summer salmon season should be a full one. I will be taking full advantage of it.