Tears for the Thompson

Just over a month ago I tried to offer up a bit of a forecast of what the Thompson steelhead would be facing this season. If history is any guide we’re at the peak of the return to the lower Fraser now so any fuzziness around the picture is fading rapidly. Keep in mind that, …

Steelhead Science and Politics, Moricetown Style

Any angler who has spent time in quest of Bulkley and Morice river steelhead in the past many years can’t help but be aware of the steelhead tagging program that has become standard fare at Moricetown. No one I know in either the federal or provincial fisheries management agencies dares question the efficacy of that …

Time for Maintenance?

The 2017 steelhead return to the Skeena is well enough along the picture is not going to change significantly for what remains of the test fishing season. Some hallmarks of the past and present are worth reviewing in the context of where we find ourselves today. Lets start with a few images that might serve …

Interior Fraser Steelhead Realities

Now would seem to be a reasonable time for a hard look at the cards in the deck we’re playing with?   Lets begin with the visual impact stuff that ought to be capturing a lot more attention than it is. To put this into perspective, Thompson fish are the steelhead equivalent of Adams River …

Batting Average .000

How many strikeouts and shutouts does it take before the season is over? Lets revisit that summer steelhead situation in the once famous Stamp River in that context. After repeated attempts to obtain responses from everyone between the Port Alberni Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) office and the Prime Minister’s office, finally a letter …

Reading Material

More years ago than I care to remember I was attending a major fisheries conference where a prominent member of the academic community was giving the keynote address. He opened his remarks with the comment, “If you want to know the future, look to California”. That was one of those gems that stuck with me, …

Illusions and Inconvenient Truths

There aren’t many issues in the British Columbia fisheries world that bring out more passion than daring to suggest all is not as it appears with respect to First Nations fisheries. The comments following my recent post, Political Correctness, are evidence enough but some of the personal attack messages received via email were over the …

Situation Critical

Provincial biologist Rob Bison recently released the post-season assessment of the status of Thompson and Chilcotin river steelhead that entered the Fraser River in the fall of 2016. From Rob’s report: “Estimates of Thompson River Steelhead, spawning in the spring of 2017, sum to a total of 254. The estimated uncertainty, expressed as the 95% …

Political Correctness

First of all, you have to ask yourself, why is there political correctness? The only answer is because you’re afraid to say what you honestly believe.          Kurt Russel, Aug 4/17   Political correctness is the cancer that destroys democracies.          Curtis Bevington Aug 4/17 in reply to Kurt Russel   Decisions …

Red Flags and Charging Bulls

It just keeps getting better. Back to back messages showed up on social media last evening. The first was a posting by one of those I refer to as the steelhead pimps. You know, one of those booking agents from the land south of the 49th parallel who lines his pockets at the expense of …