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 …

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 …