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The Steelheader
Terry Hanson
  
The 2021 fall salmon season has been quite spectacular. Thousands of anglers border the fast waters of the Chilliwack River hoping to catch table fare.
   Unfortunately this scenario is not what true sports anglers look forward to as spawning salmon rarely take bait while in the "spawn mode". The majority of anglers are snagging these spawners. By snagging we mean hooking fish in any part of their body other than their mouth. Snagging is an offense punishable by a fine if an angler is caught using this method by a fisheries officer.
   Traditional sportfishing ethics are gone and a great deal of the anglers we observed were first generation practitioners with little influence from the great sports anglers of previous
generations. A true sportsman will not conduct him or herself in illegal behavior and will respect the environment and laws
related to their sportsman-like activities. In simple terms this means not snagging fish, not exceeding allotted quotas, not crowding other anglers, not camping on the river banks, not littering or defecating on or near the riverbanks, and not retaining foul hooked or snagged fish.
   Moreover, the staggering number of anglers on the riverbanks creates two health concerns. The first concern is the spread of the Delta variant of covid virus. Fall reports from health officials of the ministry of health indicate drastic increase of covid viral infections. As you can see anglers are so obsessed with fishing they appear to be infringing on the 6 foot
spacing principle of avoiding spread of covid. Furthermore no angler of the thousands crowding the riverbank wore a mask or any type of protection against the Delta covid variant. Second, with snagging a salmon in fast water comes the danger of the sling shot effect related to hook line and sinker breaking away from a foul-hooked fish. Often when a salmon is foul hooked it will bolt to fast water and the anglers hook will tear from the body or scale portion of the salmon. When the hook breaks free the anglers hook and weight portion of his fishing line shoot from the current at tremendous speed and could injure the body or eyes of surrounding anglers.
   Overall however we applaud DFO and the Ministry of Environment programs with respect to large numbers of returning salmon. We also applaud those sport anglers that uphold good sportsmanship and ethical behavior.


The Steelheader
  The years 2020 - 2021 have presented western civilization with an overwhelming array of dire circumstances. The sport fishing world as well has witnessed staggering conditions.
  Aside from obvious environmental threats anglers have had to contend with closures of sport fishing opportunities particularly with respect to non tidal rivers, streams and returning fish species. You often hear experienced anglers asking the question "where are the fish?"
  As time progresses and civilization seeps into the fabric of the natural world more natural species have been and will be adversely affected; consequently, more sport anglers seek recreation in BC Lakes.


Christmas is the time for Steelhead
Terry Hanson
www.steelheadermag.com

The river never sleeps as it whispers down the Rocky trenches.
 Little dippers fly in pairs just above the swirling currents. Seagulls appear patrolling the river banks competing for spawned out salmon.
 All the leaves have fallen from deciduous trees leaving stick skeletons of what was flourishing green life.
 The salmon are in and they appear in good numbers.
 White Chinook, coho, and chum salmon stripped like zebras orchestrating war for a spawning Mate.
 Itís the pacific salmons last struggle in life. They return to the river after a 4 year sojourn to the Pacific ocean and back. Their last dying effort is to find a mate, spawn and ... die ... replenishing minerals in the eco-system.
 It's Christmas Time and the King of sportfish now enters the River. We are blessed having The Steelhead.
 During the next 3-4 months Steelhead will enter the Vedder/Chilliwack system and several BC coastal rivers to spawn. The major difference between The Steelhead and Pacific Salmon is that The Steelhead do not die after spawning. All arguments aside, the main consensus is the S
teelhead is a Rainbow Trout that journeys to the ocean and back in a 4 year cycle reaching formidable sizes.The Steelhead is considered by many sport anglers to be "The King" of sportfish owing to its fierce fighting tendency. (above) Doris Dixon in photo with steelhead '20. www.steelheadermag.com


In British Columbia October and November rains bring Pacific Salmon into their natal streams; they spawn and die providing nutrients to the ecosystem.  For most salmon species this phenomenon reoccurs every four years; the exception is the pink salmons' 2 year cycle.


  As of Mid September 2020 the Coho and White Chinook Salmon have started to enter the Chilliwack/Vedder River System.


We are heading for the last part of August here on the Pacific Northwest. The days are getting shorter and the Sun has an altered angle with less intensity. While taking a day off and angling on the river we start to realize how blessed we are in the Fraser Valley to have such a prodigious river here literally at our fingertips. For those of us living in Chilliwack, which in First Nations means "paddle up the river as far as you can go", our luck has it that we can visit the Great Outdoors within minutes of the town. Here a whole new world opens up to our senses.
  During the last part of August it seems that mother nature's balance starts to waiver. One starts to notice the gradual change or shift in the nature's great prescence. The corn fields near their harvest time, leaves begin to fall from deciduous trees into the river
and the salmon make their last appearance. The pacific salmon, looking for their final life-death mate, now start to change colour from shiny silver to shades of red displaying a prelude to the shades of Autumn.
  The pacific salmon follow their life cycle with vehemence. They have one purpose: propogation of their species. It's curious indeed that the pacific salmon die after spawning as if it were their life achievement. Their dead carcasses lay strewn throughout the river eventually providing nutrients to bolster the ecosystem.
  Sport anglers here in The Pacific Northwest witness this miracle first hand and are fortunate enough to provide their families salmon as table fare. We honour and cherish our Pacific Salmon and The Great Outdoors. www.steelheadermag.com
(note: photo from time when there was a legal sportfishery for chinook on the Fraser)


   Heading into the middle of August the red chinook runs have slowed. However we are expecting the coho salmon in shortly.
  At the beginning of August anglers are seeing larger numbers of Red Chinook Spring Salmon as well as Chilliwack Lake Sockeye runs (non-retention of sockeye salmon) on the Vedder/Chilliwack river system.

photo of Vedder River Coho Salmon c Hanson 2020



Chilliwack Angler with Early Run Red Chinook

  The Chilliwack River is in great shape for drift fishing the early red chinook run. A few fish showed today making anglers smile as the season is definitely on its way. 
  There were several campers in little nooks and crannies along the river. Particularly annoying was the propensity of camp fires in the middle of an ideal summer day. On a short stroll along a path by the riverbank I was embarrassed to see used toilet paper, cigarette butts, beer cans, diapers and well folks you name it. I even encountered individuals with a 2 meter huka pipe in the middle of the dyke walkway; they seemed to be enjoying themselves. 
  The RULE of the outdoors here is to leave it the way it was when you arrived - clean up your materials. When the legions of serious anglers arrive there could be some friction here if people don't respect the outdoors and environment. Do your part be kind and respect the environment and each other.
  The Chilliwack River Lake Road saw a steady of stream of traffic going both ways and from local reports Chilliwack Lake was very busy.  All parties  enjoyed the Great Outdoors with care.


  July and summer months are truly fishing months of the year for those of us who live in the Pacific Northwest. Its July 14, 2020 today and we expect the river salmon runs this year to be a passionate endeavor for young and old alike. Moreover,BC has an abundant treasure of lakes that are the keepers of some of our most treasured rainbow trout and other indigenous species.
   This year however, has seen mankind brought to its knees with little more than a gram of Covid-19. While fishing lodges, guiding companies and entrepreneurs suffer an immense financial crippling we see the angling sport take on some of its original characteristics.
  Typically Dad, Mom, Uncle or friends and the kids trek to the river, lake or pond with fishing poles looking for some fun. Social distancing in this scenario is easy and natural. Imagine standing within 6 feet of someone fly casting or spin casting. This action is rarely seen even in pre-covid times.
   Be sure to check into www.greatoutdoorscanada.com where you will find information tailored to BC outdoor activities.

 


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Beachcombers Boat Persephone restored (theq.fm)
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Thornton on Drift Fishing for Pacific Salmon (FishBC)
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Canada: Artic Ice Shelf Collapses G Thunberg (huffpost.com)
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wins, throwing salmon farming industry into uncertainty (INTRAFISH)
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Time Person of the Year: Climate crisis activist Greta Thunberg  (CNN Business)
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