Like that saying... You only have to be faster than the slowest guy, right?
That's some pretty close contact you've got going on there. I'd be freaked out to be that close. Is there something going on in their annual cycle that makes them less interested in you?
actually the fish weren't running yet at most locations we visited so if anything the bears were anxious and hungry and mostly eating vegetation. brown bears don't usually view humans as enemies or food so as long as you keep your distance you're okay. being in a group also improves your odds.
by law we got alot closer than we were supposed to and there was only one time i felt we were in danger but there were three of us. we we're sitting at the base of a fish ladder which forced a pacing sow to go around us. the pool was choked with fish that we're just about ready to make the ascent and the bear was hungry. i was relieved when she decided to go around us (with 70-200)
and so were they !