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The Weight of Evidence

Over many years in the fisheries business I’ve witnessed more predictions regarding salmon returns than I care to remember. One thing I’ve not forgotten, however, is my overriding impression – if you want to be wrong, just make a prediction. British Columbia is replete with examples of that this year. I don’t think I’m overstating …

More Thompson Perspective

Here’s an interesting sidebar to the ongoing interior Fraser steelhead issues. This comes from a request I put in to the provincial fisheries staff in Surrey a couple of weeks ago. I’ve just got around to looking at it today. Mike Wilcox gets the nod for the assist here. Most of the hard corps steelhead …

Steelhead Conservation, DFO Style

Just when you think a corner may have been turned with respect to focusing media attention to raise public and political awareness on the plight of those interior Fraser steelhead comes another announcement by our federal government’s fishery managers who would have us believe they subscribe to the gospel of conservation. Decide for yourselves how …

Illusions

The news of the conservation status of Thompson River steelhead is obviously well disseminated through the community of those who know about these remarkable fish. Even the Department of Fisheries and Oceans appears to have agreed they needed to “do something”. And, what might that be? Check it out for yourselves at: http://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfm?pg=search_results&ID=all&Regions=3742&Fisheries=&Areas=&year=2017&CFID=31619166&CFTOKEN=97f7f2d1a338a425-F61086B6-DDFC-29E3-9E2302D4FB642286 Start with …

Egg Shells Again

The announcements of more commercial fishing for Fraser River chums just keep coming. As I’ve said previously, if you chart all the various classes of openings on the Thompson steelhead migration route and timing, its all but impossible to find a window that would allow a handful of those endangered fish safe passage. Everyone wants …

Well, Maybe Next Year

OK, we’re staring at the end of October and it’s anything but a stretch to say the die is cast for Interior Fraser Steelhead for 2017. Lets step back and take a hard look at what we’re dealing with. I’m going to do my usual and refer to those IFS steelhead simply as Thompson fish. …

The Future?

A couple of days ago a friend who is one of a disturbingly small number of steelhead angling guides with any history of advocacy for steelhead as opposed to more rod days and limiting competition forwarded me the article below. Thank you Keith Douglas. This is an important bit of journalism that deserves a lot …

Of Orcas and Steelhead

In British Columbia today I think it safe to state that a large majority of its residents are aware there are issues surrounding the health and survival of killer whales. The mainstream media has reported countless times on the status of the southern resident pods whose population is now reported as 76 animals and declining …

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, …