I wish I was beach fishing for salmon in 2001, but I was doing a ton of hiking and backpacking in the North Cascades and Olympics that year. I remember reading the great fishing reports at that time, but didn't realize how special it was until later. It must have been amazing to have been beach fishing in a year where you could honestly expect to hook into 10+ pound silvers from the beach on any given day. Smalma makes a good point about 2012 being especially good for actively feeding silvers into late September. The best explanation is the unusually dry summer weather (nearly 100 days without rain) that lasted until mid-October. The weather can really make or break a beach fisherman's year, even when the total size of the salmon run is above average. Too much rain in late August or early September will send the silvers running deep and fast into the rivers, making beach fishing tough. On the other hand, low warm rivers in a dry spell will keep the salmon out in Puget Sound feeding for weeks at a time, often in the shallows. The plentiful herring in Puget Sound in 2012 (especially in the PNP area) made the fishing very consistent. Nice populations of juvenile sandlance also kept the silvers near the beach last year. In addition to run size we should pray for plentiful Puget Sound bait and an indian summer.