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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, …

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 …

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 …