Paradise Lost…….Or Given Away

While the steelhead fishing community is preoccupied with the latest, greatest equipment and techniques that facilitate catching a steadily increasing proportion of a fixed or diminishing supply of fish, the degradation and sell off of the last of the best rivers in British Columbia goes unnoticed. Of greatest concern are the internationally renowned Skeena tributaries …

Science Messages

A couple of relatively recent outputs from the science community are worthy of attention. One source is the North Pacific Anadromous Fisheries Commission (NPAFC), a collection of knowledgeable and experienced fisheries professionals representing Canada, the United States, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Korea and Japan. The group has been doing a great deal of …

Back on the Bulkley

In recent weeks a number of messages have traded back and forth on the subject of progress to date on the C&R study. My own efforts to get the Ministry people (Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations or FLNRO) in Smithers to respond to email inquiries have been met with silence. That is a repeat …

More Thompson

Readers will be familiar with my pitch to reduce the kill of Thompson River bound steelhead as the highest priority for helping that stock and the other interior Fraser steelhead stocks to turn back the extirpation clock. Some revealing information from the Conservation and Protection Division of the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans emphasizes …

Who Is “Saving” the Thompson?

OK, the December 2, 2016 Thompson Steelhead Assembly has come and gone and next steps are in motion. One of those is a questionnaire intended to gauge public opinion on the December 2 gathering (for those that attended) and solicit comments on the Thompson Steelhead Working Group’s draft “Thompson Steelhead Recovery and Management Plan”. The …

The System Is Rigged??????

  Here’s an update on my efforts to get DFO to respond to six month old questions surrounding steelhead impacts associated with the commercial and First Nations fisheries targeting enhanced sockeye returning to the Somass River system on Vancouver Island’s central west coast. An abbreviated chronology:   June – July, 2016 – several e-mails sent …

The Dean – A Worthwhile Read

The Totem Fly Fishers are a long established fly fishing advocacy group whose members, collectively, have more years of steelhead fishing under their belts than most of us can imagine. My personal association with the Totems stretches back many years when I became close to long time member Bob Taylor, the most dedicated advocate of …

Thompson Frustration Continues

Well, here we go again. Mark December 2, 2016 on your calendar as a pivotal moment in the campaign to “save” the mighty Thompson steelhead. That is the date of a session (“The Thompson Steelhead Assembly” planned for Kamloops by the Fraser Basin Council (FBC). You can read all about the assembly and the FBC …

Thompson Inertia

Obviously Thompson steelhead are in trouble. That trend has been evident for a number of years and 2016 is the worst of the worst according to the best available information. Think about information sources for a moment. Do we go with the trained and experienced professionals in federal and provincial governments who have worked diligently …

Supply and Demand

A few days ago an e-mail arrived notifying a long list of recipients of a tourism symposium scheduled for later this week. As one interested in the future of fishing in this province I couldn’t help but react to the notion there is grass beyond the mountains that has great potential to accommodate a much …