Years ago, way back in the last century, I made a joking comment at the counter of my local fly-fishing store about 'fishing' for bites. You do this with a fly that has no hook. At that time we determined that it would probably be illegal in closed areas and seen as harassing the fish. Zip forward a couple decades and now guys are setting up on closed rivers and trying out spey rods with just a piece of yarn tied to the leader. Now we all know that the highly evolved intelligence of a steelhead would never fall for such a ruse being all busy calculating algorithms, calculus, and rocket scientry types of things. However it being a manmade product yarn might be construed in some manner as to be a lure because, lets face it, pink yarn is such a powerful tempting thing that I often have to stop myself from biting it and then thrashing around in the water...but that's another story for another day. So how do we Occupy the Skagit without getting our butts thrown in jail? I propose that we reach into the water, grab a small twig or leaf and tie that on the end of the leader. It is a natural thing that was already in the water...and if by some miracle I was to catch a fish...well...I guess I would have to write a book and make some videos...but again that is yet another story.