Another Successful Fundraiser: 2014 Nicola fundraiser thankyou

 December 23, 2014                                                                                                    


  The Steelhead Society of BC wishes to acknowledge all of the people who came together to make the 2014 Nicola Fund raiser such a great event. Success was measured in the amount of dollars raised (best turnout and the most dollars brought in with over $20K through the door) and also in terms of everyone having fun. No doubt about it, this event was a good time and a runaway financial success. True to form and something we are very proud of, our overhead remained at an all time low of around $200.Yes you read that correctly.

Steelheaders of every stripe were in attendance, including several founding members of the SSBC.  These men are great mentors to some of the younger steelheaders in attendance who are just old enough to meet the age requirement of a licensed premise.  To put this into some sort of context, the years spanned some eight or nine decades. Many hardcore steelheaders are women, and knowing that this event is as much a social evening as much as a fundraiser, many came out to show their support too. Thanks to everyone who made this fundraiser such a success, from attendees including our American friends who submitted proxy bids, to those who donated items and trips etc, to those steadfast SSBC volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this event happen. 

This is such a good example of concerned people coming together, putting their personal differences and politics aside, to work together to make something that does have a positive measurable impact take place. While it may seem to be a small step in the scheme of things overall, it's a positive step in the right direction. After all, the combined, overall impact of this continuing series of SSBC habitat projects are adding up.

Here is a list of donations and who they were donated by ( something about a computer crashing may of rendered this list incomplete and we apologise for any errors or omissions)

- One day guided Vancouver Island Steelhead trip - Great West River Charters
- A hard bound, slip cased, "30 Seasons on the Dean", with fly tipped into a card mounted on the marbled front  end papers, signed by Art Lingren and noting that this is copy 2 of 2 - Art Lingren
- First edition (1941) copy of Haig-brown's Return To the River. - Art Lingren
- Anthony Robertson's Above tide:Reflections on Roderick Haig-Brown in paperback. - Art Lingren
- Farlows Lee Wulff bamboo fly rod for a 7 line. -Totems Flyfishers
- Fenwick 7 weight graphite.- Art Lingren 
-Tight Lines film print - Kirk Gilchrist
- McDonald #6 anodized fly reel - Kelly Davison
- Islander Steelheader (green) - Islander reels
- Simms Headwaters sling pack kindly donated by Nick and Savas Troutwaters Fly and Tackle
- Premium fly tying materials - Ben Gehrke
- A fine hand made Moby Net from Moby Nets ( Don Chatwin and family)
-The modern Classic Abel Spey Reel donated by Poppy Cummins 
- 4 X1.5lb live lobsters- Steve Hansen
- Chromer Sportfishing Sweatshirts-Yos Gladstone
- John Milner 4 3/8 bushing center pin reel- John Milner
- Guided Cutty trip - Kelly Davison
- Norm MacDonald Fly reel- Kelly Davison
- Meiser Spey Rod- Bob Meiser 
- 4-1/4” 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
- 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 McGarva
- Four person fly tying course - Scott Norris
- Guided saltwater salmon charter - Jason Tonelli -Pacific Angler
- 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 - Chris Anderson
- Two 6 hour Guided fishing trips from Tight Lines River Guiding 
- Simms Windstopper Jackets- Michael and Young Flyshop
- Simms taco bag- Michael and Young Flyshop
- 7134-4c Burkheimer Rod- K 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 trip donated by Sheridan Lake Resort and  guiding by Doug Porter
- Trophy XL centerpin rod- Redl Sports
- 8 Hour Sturgeon or Salmon Fraser River Trip- Brian Mckinlay Silverside Fishing
- 2 Hour Spey Casting lesson- Tim Arsenaut

-12  moosehair wakers,  "The Closer"  R.Kroning