Surprises Happen

It isn’t exactly common for good news to arrive on the steelhead front but here’s that rare exception. Mike Davies, a contributor to the Campbell River Mirror posted an article on October 25 that was nothing short of amazing. BC Hydro, had just announced they were abandoning reconstruction of their diversion dam and fish passage …

Bulkley Revisited

Lets take a bit more in-depth look at that steelhead catch and release study on the Bulkley. This stems from comments received claiming this is ground breaking research that will provide solid scientific evidence to support management decisions. Those in command obviously believe there is insufficient science out there now to sell whatever it is …

Supply and Demand or Demand and Supply?

This year in Skeena country will be one to remember. The infamous Tyee test fishery results published by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans has been bandied about relentlessly. Early results prompted talk of a record run. Bookings were made and plans set. Then, as the season was upon us and unprecedented numbers of …

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 …