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View Poll Results: Would You fish the Thompson one week each year if it was fly fishing only?
Yes 234 80.41%
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post #1 of 106 (permalink) Old 09-12-2009, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thompson River Fly Fishing Only Regs

Interested to see your views on this one. Honor system here--BC residents not allowed to participate in this poll. Poll open to non resident anglers (anglers who reside outside of British Columbia).

Given current conditions (severely depressed run of wild fish--perhaps 1000 returning fish; realistically looking at many fishless days--perhaps your entire trip), would you travel to stay in Spences Bridge British Columbia for a minimum of one week each year to fish the Thompson if it remained open to angling and became a fly fishing only destination?



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post #2 of 106 (permalink) Old 09-12-2009, 03:24 PM
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I voted no on this one after some soul searching. I have only fished the Thompson three times but truly love the river. It is not the "realistically looking at many fishless days--perhaps your entire trip" that would keep me from coming back but rather, the "severely depressed run of wild fish". I feel for teh people of Spence's Bridge and would gladly give them my business but I can't justify fishing over stocks that are as troubled at the T's.

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Voted yes for the simple reason I have been going for so long. I would venture to say 50% of the time is spent sitting along the river visiting with old memories as the day passes by.

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post #4 of 106 (permalink) Old 09-13-2009, 11:42 PM
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having fished the big.t since i was 13 i cant see it ever going to fly only mybe a bait ban at best... and dont think it should ..for the most part fly guys fish the fly water and gear guys fish the gear water.....i no i got of topic a bit
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Sorry Dana;
I messed up your poll and voted before reading your attached notes.
Take a vote off the yes side if you can.
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thanks for letting us know. No worries--I think the trend is pretty clear. From a totally unscientific and statistically shaky perspective, I think it's safe to say that travelling anglers would continue to fish the Thompson if it became a fly only river, despite the fact that the returns are pretty dismal.

My interest in posting this poll was to get a feel for the thinking out there about the Thompson. As anglers are we concerned about the fish or the fishery? There can be little doubt that the fish are paramount, but angling opportunity drives our interest in these fish. Some of us would choose not to fish at all, but of those who responded so far, fishing opportunity is really important. From my perspective this is neither good or bad--it is simply a reality that is demonstrated by this poll. This is really useful information, especially when we balance it against the hatchery poll results so far. I hope the folks in Spences Bridge are watching these polls carefully.



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I voted yes because if I'm not going to catch a steelhead, I would rather not catch one on a fly, preferably dry!

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Question Maybe the question was 'phrased wrong?'

Here on the Rogue (and North Umpqua) we have times/sections of the rivers that are 'fly fishing only.' Why not there?

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Here on the Rogue (and North Umpqua) we have times/sections of the rivers that are 'fly fishing only.' Why not there?

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well Fred, it's kind of a long story.......

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well Fred, it's kind of a long story.......
I think I can guess ...... Actually you can use spinning gear, float and fly under neath on both rivers. The only exception being on the Rogue the fly can be weighted, but NOT in the NU. (No added weight is allowed under the float on either river.)



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I didn't vote, because making it FF only doesn't matter to me. The T is the only river I have had more confrontations with fly fishers than gear anglers. Dana you other regulars know SB is one of my favorite places on earth.

my view-Bait ban yes, FF only no.

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so any word if its open this year?????
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same management plan--closed Oct 1st unless a lot of fish show up. Given south coast steelhead and salmon returns so far this year there's not a lot of optimism.



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I love the Thompson, but can't justify it being fly only. Bait ban yes, artificial lure yes, single barbless hook yes, but fly only no. These are the WA State "Selective Gear Rules" and they work well to reduce mortality and keep "meat fishers" at bay. Plus as Sinktip mentioned, I'd have a problem fishing over a severely depressed stock if steelhead.
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Voted before I read the part "no resident anglers", sorry subtract my yes vote. Alex.
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