Category «Essays»

Irony?

A little known or, at least, an under-appreciated fact concerning British Columbia salmonids is the number that are intercepted by Alaskan net fisheries before they ever get to Canadian waters. I think it fair to say there is a general level of awareness of the chinook salmon interception by Alaskan trollers. That is a spin …

Remembering the Stamp

Long before the Kispiox and Sustut, the Dean and the Thompson became the renowned fishing destinations they did the Stamp River, on the central west coast of Vancouver Island, near Port Alberni had a well established reputation among the steelhead angling elite. The area around the Ash/Stamp confluence was the favourite of General Noel Money …

Signs of the Times?

Slowly but surely the evidence of where we find ourselves with respect to steelhead and steelhead sport fishing in the foreseeable future begins to accumulate. In the “local” news of late we have the renowned Thompson steelhead, teetering on the brink of endangered species listing under the federal government’s Species at Risk Act. Long forgotten …

It Used to be Called Fishing

(Or, to steal a line from Yvon Chouinard, when all the basketball players are seven feet tall its time to raise the hoop!) How many times have we heard reference to lowering the bar, shifting the baseline or, in our grandfather’s vernacular, the good old days? Anyone who has been around the recreational, commercial and …

British Columbia’s Classified Waters 25 Years Later

A quarter century ought to be enough of a reference period on which to base a few observations on the original objectives of classified waters implementation (1990) and the evolutionary pathway that has resulted. Having been directly and intimately involved in the formulation of the regulations underlying the initiative, in the delivery and monitoring of …