January 2013 Newsletter

The January 2013 newsletter contains a brief synopsis of what the Steelhead Society of BC has been up to since the June 21012 update. We look forward to providing our next newsletter in June . Any question
or comments please contact us at.

Notice of AGM

The Steelhead Society will be holding its annual AGM at 8555-198 A Street (BCEGU office) in Langley at 10:00 a.m. on January 26th 2013. As usual we will have guest speakers giving presentations. Mike Wallis will give an update on the completed Spius Creek habitat rehabilitation project as well as talking about the new Bonaparte River rehabilitation project SSBC is planning to undertake. Also, Don McCubbing will be talking about steelhead research on the Keogh River on Vancouver Island.


Annual General Meeting Steelhead Society of British Columbia
10:00 a.m.
   -Opening & Welcome – President B. Braidwoood
10:15 a.m. 1st SPEAKER, Mike Wallis
11:00 a.m. BREAK
11:15 a.m. 2nd SPEAKER, Don McCubbing
12:00 BREAK
12:30 p.m. Business of Society:
   -President's Report
   -Treasurer's Report
   -Membership Report
   -Branch Report

Bonaparte River Fundraiser


SSBC is planning a habitat restoration project on the Bonaparte River which is an important steelhead spawning tributary to the Thompson River. Steelhead/Rainbow utilize the reach and instream complexing has been an objective for a while, but funding to undertake such works has not been available. The concept is that streambanks have been stabilized sufficiently from a previously degraded condition over the past 8 years as a result of successful streambank stabilization projects so that incorporation of some instream works using rock weirs and secured wood complexing along with riparian plantings are now feasible and would offer benefit to steelhead by improving local pool/riffle features. The landowners are very cooperative and have been really good partners on previous streambank projects. The rough cost for the project appears to be in the neighbourhood of $35-40 K, depending on the exact rock volumes.

SSBC is taking specific action that will have measurable positive effects on Thompson River Steelhead populations.

Its up to concerned anglers to lead the way showing that we won't sit idle. With your help we will make this project a success. 

In the memory of Harry Lemire and Roger Reid, long time Thompson River advocates and anglers.


If you can't make it out to the Pub night, here is another way you can contribute:

June Newsletter

The June 2012 newsletter contains a brief synopsis of what the Steelhead Society of BC has been up to since the December update. We look forward to providing our next newsletter in January. Any question or comments please contact us at.

2012 Squamish Watershead Cleanup

Last year's inaugural cleanup was attended by volunteers including Steelhead Society of BC members and directors, members of the community, anglers, kayakers, and
university students. An estimated 2 tonnes of garbage were removed from the
Squamish watershed area including, Cheakamus, Mamquam and Squamish rivers.


Update - December 14 2012

For more information or to volunteer in 2013 please contact


Update - May 15 2012

This year there were 27 volunteers who showed up for a day of picking up garbage. By the end of the day over 10,000 lbs of garbage was weighed in at the Squamish landfill. Pictures below.


M & Y 7th Annual Spey Day

Saturday April 14th, 2012, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Directions to Peg leg Bar


The Steelhead Society will have a booth set up, so drop by and say hi! For those that have
never attended the M&Y spey clave this is "THE" day to come and play with all of the different
two handed rods and lines available through Michael & Young. It provides an excellent
opportunity to try a spey rod for the first time, to bring your own rod and tweak it to the perfect line, to check out what's new, to build on your wish list, and to socialize with all the other double handed fanatics. And, while you are at it, you might as well enjoy a free BBQ lunch, enter your name in to win one of the many prizes donated by our supporters, and watch and listen to Travis Johnson of the Carron spey casting team. This year we are again SELLING raffle tickets for our draw with all proceeds going to the BC Steelhead Society. Tickets are $5.00 each with no limit to how many you buy. (But only one major prize per person).


Update - May 15 2012

A big thanks to all who came out and supported the auction and raffle at this year’s event. Special thanks going out to the M+Y crew for hosting this premier event.

 2012 M&Y Spey Day Prize List:
   Saracione Reel, 4 ¼ Black & Silver
   CF Burkheimer 8142 Classic Rod
   Echo Spey Rod/Reel Combo
   Loop Evotec 6126 Rod
   Abel “Spey” Reel
   Islander FR4 Reel
   Simms G4 Pro Waders
   Moby Whale Net in Purpleheart
   Rushton Dragon Net with Rubber Mesh
   Framed photo by Jonathan Barlow
   Hats, T-Shirts, Lines, etc.
   Fly Fusion Magazine

Thank you to all of the people/companies who generously donated to this year’s raffle:
CF Burkheimer, Saracione Reels, Islander Reels, Josh Nugent/Rajeff Sports, Todd Scharf/Simms Fishing Products, Moby Nets, Francois Blanchet/Loop, Simon Gawesworth/Rio Products, Springbrook Mfg, Hatch Outdoors, Nautilus Reels, Great River Fishing Adventures, Chris Seipio/CPO Agency, Peter Morrison/Leader Sales, Scott Baker-McGarva/Idylwilde, Matt Rimmer/Fishbum Outfitters, RL Winston, Al Belheumer/Proline Sports, Fly Fusion Magazine, Rushton Nets, Fly Angler Distributing, Nick Pujic/FlyNation