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The much anticipated social event of the year for BC steelheaders is taking place at 7:00pm, Wednesday December 3 at Mickeys Pub 170 Golden Drive, Coquitlam BC. Tickets available at the door.

As usual the SSBC is looking for donations via our website http://www.steelheadsociety.org/donate or they can be dropped off at Searun Fly and Tackle, #110-1140 Austin Ave, Coquitlam, BC V3K 3P5, attention SSBC. Please mark any donations even online, with "Thompson Projects."

This years project is about dealing with an unstable bank that accounts for much of the sedimentation in the Nicola, an major steelhead spawning tributary of the Thompson river. This will be our largest and most important project to date, and to say we are excited about this would be an understatement. We need plenty of $$ to make this project a reality to put an end to the sedimentation on the Nic. Please consider the implications of this and dig deep into your wallet please.

 

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Some photos of the proposed project area





There will be a properly constructed "toe" at the base of the actively eroding unstable bank. This will allow the spawning areas presently covered silt to naturally clean up an open up many kilometres of presently unusable spawning gravel and rearing habitat. This is another project that has been sitting on the shelf ready to go, save for a lack of funding. This is where the SSBC comes in, in short we provide that funding, so the reality is that this represents an extremely efficient way of getting these important habitat projects done in the most dollar efficient way possible as the design, engineering etc etc have already been done.
 

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Although a worthy cause, I see it as a "band-aid" fix and a "make work, feel good project" for those of us that punish the Thompson steelhead. The real, hardcore issues for this system would be water extraction and commercial fisheries......Just sayin.
 

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hey any time you actually want to do something constructive and useful, you know where to get a hold of me, with your initiative(s)
 

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Although a worthy cause, I see it as a "band-aid" fix and a "make work, feel good project" for those of us that punish the Thompson steelhead. The real, hardcore issues for this system would be water extraction and commercial fisheries......Just sayin.
That's very true.. but every smaller thing counts! Hopefully in the long run..
 

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Water extraction and commercial fisheries (both ocean and in-river) certainly play a large role in damage to rearing fish and returning adults.

The undertaking of a project to repair unstable slopes to avoid further destruction of substrate is admirable. It's better than doing absolutely nothing for the fish that do reach their destination.

How can we collectively as anglers convince the powers that be to ease up on their beloved resource (i.e. River water and salmon) so that Thompson steelhead have a chance to return and successfully spawn?
 

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As a very small group of concerned volunteers who actually are willing to put in the countless hours in trying to accomplish something, its one thing that we can do that has measurable, demonstrable and lasting positive effect. It wont disappear with a change of government, stroke of a pen or change in some policy. We are very fortunate to have a habitat restoration specialist with 20 years hands on experience with these projects in this area to be working with us(along with his provincial and federal fisheries management partners) It absolutely gives us the biggest bang for the buck in the efficient way he manages to get these projects done.
 

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Last nights Fund raiser was a great success, both in terms of dollars raised ( best turnout and the most dollars raised) for the Nicola project but also in terms everyone having fun.

Steelheaders of every stripe were in attendance, including founding members of SSBC, to full time cutty chasers and everyone in between, including our friends south of the line. Thanks to everyone who made this possible from attendees, to those who dug deep into their wallets, to those who donated items and trips etc, to those SSBC volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this happen.

This is a great example of people coming together, putting their differences aside, and working together to make something that does have a measurable positive impact happen. While it may seem to be a small thing in the scheme of things overall, it's a step in the right direction. After all, the combined, overall impact of this continuing series of habitat projects are adding up.

A special thanks to those who donated items, trips, etc: (sorry if I have missed anyone out)
One day guided Vancouver Island Steelhead trip - Great West River Charters
A number of items donated by Art Lingren:
Item 1: is a specially hard bound, slip cased, "30 Seasons on the Dean", with fly tipped into a card mounted on the marbled front end papers, signed by me (Art Lingren) and noting that this is copy 2 of 2.
Item 2 is a first edition (1941) copy of Haig-brown's Return To the River. A friend gave it to me last week and when I told him that I have the limited he suggested I donate it to a worthy cause.
Item 3, another Haig-brown item--Anthony robertson's Above tide:Reflections on Roderick Haig-brown in paperback.
Item 4: a Farlow lee Wulff bamboo Rod for a 7 line.
Item 5: I Fenwick 7 weight graphite.
Tight Lines film print - Kirk Gilchrist
Saracione Mark V Spey Reel - Joe Saracione
Mcdonald #6 anodized fly reel - Kelly Davison
Islander Steelheader (green) - Islander reels
Simms headwaters sling pack kindly donated by Nick and Savas at Troutwaters.
Premium fly tying materials - Ben Gehrke
A dozen Moosehair waked "Closers" - R. Kroning
A fine hand made Moby Net from Moby Nets ( D.Chatwin)
The modern Classic Abel Spey Reel donated by Poppy Cummins
4X 1.5lb live lobsters- Steve Hansen
Chromer Sportfishing Sweatshirts-Yos Gladstone
John Milner 4 3/8 bushing cenertpin Reel- John Milner
Guided Trip Kelly Davison- Kelly Davison
Norm Macdonald Fly reel- Kelly Davison
Meiser Spey Rod- Bob Meiser
Saracione Spey Reel- Joe Saracione
1 night stay for two at the Baits Motel- John and Laurie Kingston
Mooching rod and Reel-Pacific Net and Twine
Gift Certificate Inlet Seafoods-Malcom Mcmillan
Maui Jim Sunglasses- Lynn Reeve
Simms Headwaters Reel Case- Dave Steele/Highwater Tackle
Bare Rain Jacket- Dave Steele/Highwater Tackle
Day guided Fishing on the Bow River- Paula Shearer
8116-4 #8 Sage One Switch Rod – Sage
4 hour Long Belly Casting instruction for up to 6 ppl - Tyler Kushnir and Brian Styskal
Humminbird 346 DI - Donald Stokes
St. Croix 11ft casting rod - Donald Stokes
Eureka -18'C base camp sleeping bag - Donald Stokes
Redington Sonic pro zipper waders - Scott Baker Scott Baker McGarva
Four person fly tying course - Scott Norris
Guided saltwater salmon charter - Jason Tonelli
4” raised pillar plate wind check reel - Farlex reels Tim Gelinas
Casting spinners, spoons, and holey worms – Trophy tackle Michal Thomas
2 Bent rods tackle packs- Rod Toth
Thompson Dream Prints – Dave Currie
Sage 8116-4 Switch Rod - Sage (Chris Anderson)
Two 6 hour Guided fishing trips from Tight Lines River Guiding
Simms Windstope Jackets- Michael and Young Flyshop
Simms taco Bag- Michael and Young Flyshop
7134-4c Burkheimer Rod- Kerry Burkheimer
Three Dec Hogan Steelhead Flies- Dec Hogan
Twenty Five Fred Badjura Floats- Pat Glover
Rapala Interface Jacket- Bill Gower Agencies
Custom Marabou Jigs- Cody Sojka
Sheridan Lake- Lodging and Guided day fishing
Trophy XL centerpin rod- Redl Sports
8 Hour Sturgeon or Salmon Fraser River Trip- Brian Mckinlay Silverside Fishing
2 Hour Spey Casting lesson- Tim Arsenault
A box of Granthams Sedge, Ron Grantham
 
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