It's a bit early, I know... but according to my OWN trend analysis - we should have a better than average return this year and next. Given that Cook Inlet nets will be laden with salmon and the processors turning away business, we dippers should be enjoying a nice season with a surplus of fins heading for the Kenai and Kasilof.
I may get only a few chances this year but I will fill my quota even if I have to stand in the Kasilof all night... (no offense K-Beach dippers)
So there ya have it. A banner year prediction based on escapement data from the Kenai/Kasilof charts. For those that are curious; it looks like a six year cycle; two bum years and then a good one, then two great years then a good one and then back to the two bummers.
Good luck everyone; see you at the Sportsman Show!!!