Below is an email I received today from Red's Fly shop on the Yakima. I, and apparently many others, are in favor of opening up Washington's rivers on a limited basis. If you agree, perhaps this may help.
It's my hope that we can make something positive happen
As you are aware, a moratorium on recreational fishing in Washington State was issued by Governor Inslee on March 25th as part of the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" mandates. Identified as a non-essential business, we closed our guide services, storefront, and scaled back to only essential staff as outlined in the Governor's orders. We continue to maintain the shop and administration, and process online orders, but these orders are primarily for anglers in other parts of the country enjoying the solitude and social-distancing that fishing provides.
Since the Governor’s order, we've been contacted by thousands of frustrated anglers in Washington State who feel the fishing ban is unfair and unnecessary, and want to know what they can do to request change. We understand this rising frustration, because to our knowledge Washington is the only state in the country that has prohibited the act of fishing. Everywhere else has adopted a "Fish Local, Stay Healthy" mentality, keeping within their own state lines and even their own counties.
We are happy to facilitate the discussion, but want to be very clear about our intentions. This is about do-it-yourself fishing not our outfitting business. This is about you, not us. Red's will still be subject to any state mandated business restrictions, even if fishing is opened back up. We can assure you that our efforts are not self-serving. Several of us here are fathers and fishing is part of our family culture, and all of us rely on fishing to help maintain both mental and physical health.
We think folks should be allowed to get outside and fish. We also understand that protective measures need to be taken when traveling to and from other geographic areas in the act of fishing. Provided social distancing is maintained, travel can be limited, and proper behaviors and personal hygiene are observed, fishing should be allowed in Washington State waters.
We have contacted Governor Inslee's office, the director of WDFW, and our local State Senators and Representatives to communicate our position. If you are of similar mind, or have other ideas; you can take action by contacting your representatives and voicing your opinion as well.
Actions You Can Take:
Email Director Susewind at WDFW [email protected]
Contact Governor Jay Inslee's team with a letter explaining your stance on this issue. https://www.governor.wa.gov/office-g...executive-team
Determine who your State Senator is and contact them: Senators
Contact your State Representative: Representatives
Your Friends at Red's Fly Shop - Stay Safe!