The end of the 2015 pink salmon run in Puget Sound is a harbinger of fall and the return of the rains. In most Septembers, I’m not quite ready to give up the sun and warmth of the typical Northwest summer. But, after the drought and extreme low water flows in the rivers this summer, I’m welcoming the needed replenishment of our local waters.
I know that the pink salmon season is almost over when many of the bucks I catch have started growing humps in anticipation of spawning. Days to weeks later, they die so future generations can live. Hopefully, the recent rains came in time so that these fish have not died in vain.