Telkwa Coho Pond update

An update from the Northern Branch...

A recent Interior News article regarding the Telkwa Coho Ponds.


Stream Enrichment Volunteer Opportunity

The BC Conservation Foundation is looking for individuals who are able to assist with stream enrichment application on our local flows over the next few weeks.

Volunteer Opportunities

Bagging fertilizer

The Crystal Green® fertilizer is shipped in 1000kg bulk bags and needs to be portioned into burlap bags weighing 10kg.  The work is fairly light with no special equipment or abilities needed.  This activity takes place at the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery in Abbotsford.  Carpooling from the Surrey/Cloverdale area to Abbotsford and back is available.  This will of course depend on the availability of volunteers, but it is anticipated that this work will occur during the week of July 4thto 8th. 


Fertilizer Application

Since the peak of the freshet was late this year, it is also subsiding later and fertilizer application has been pushed back from the typical timing by up to 2 weeks in some systems.  The majority of this work will require waders, wading boots and the ability to wade into shallow water while carrying a 10 kg burlap bag of fertilizer.  Not everyone has to wear waders as some individuals can simply carry the burlap bags from the truck to the river’s edge where those with waders can position them.Carpooling from the Surrey/Cloverdale area to Abbotsford and back is available.  


Here are the dates and times:

July 6 - Fertilize Foley Creek and Centre Creek (tributaries to the Chilliwack River)
Meet at the On The Way Store at 10:30am. I anticipate that volunteers would be back to the store by around 2:30pm. I can provide some people with transportation from the Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack areas but my day starts earlier and ends later than the times listed above.

July 9 - Fertilize Statlu Creek (tributary to the Chehalis River)
Meet at the Sasquatch Inn at 10:30. I anticipate that volunteers would be back to the Inn around 1:30pm. I can provide some people with transportation from the Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford and Mission areas but my day starts earlier and ends later than the times listed above.

July 10 - Fertilize Coquihalla River and Silverhope Creek
Meet at the Othello Tunnels exit (first exit off the Coquihalla Highway after leaving Hope) at 11:00am, lunch in Hope at 1:30pm, fertilize Silverhope Creek, leave Hope around 4:30pm. I can provide some people with transportation from the Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Hope areas but my day starts earlier than the times listed above.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact me at .

 Youtube video on stream fertilization



Northern Branch Telkwa Ponds Project


The Northern Branch of the Steelhead Society has been hard at work again, rehabilitating the Telkwa River Coho Ponds. On May 29th  we had ten volunteers spend the day working at the site. The volunteers removed an old fish counting fence at the confluence of the Telkwa River and the ponds that prevented fish from moving between the pond complex and the main river. A connecting channel between the upper and lower ponds was brushed of materials that could be used by beavers to make dams. Removed a dam completely blocking fish passage from the lower pond to the upper pond. In addition to the fencing around the connecting channel being repaired to prevent beavers from accessing the area.


This will be an ongoing project for the Northern Branch. We have received one donation already and have applied for two grants to secure the funds needed to complete the project. When the project is completed the site will provide important coho rearing habitat that is not readily available in the Telkwa River watershed. Numerous amphibians, insects, and mammals will also flourish within this unique habitat. School groups from Smithers Secondary School will provide volunteer time to rehabilitate the site in anticipation of an interpretive site being formed that could be used by students and the public.


Special Thanks To:


Steelhead Society Volunteers

Smithers Secondary School – John Goalder

David Bustard & Associates – David Bustard RPBio

Smithers Interior News – Cameron Orr

Silver Hilton Steelhead Lodge – Brian Schnieder

Ministry of Lands, Forests & Natural Resource Operations:

       Dana Atagi – Regional Fish and wildlife Manager

       Mark Beere – Senior Fish Biologist   

       Jeff Lough – Fisheries Biologist







Northern Branch BBq Fundraiser


On May 14th. The Northern Branch of the Steelhead Society held a fundraiser BBQ in conjunction with the grand opening of Oscar’s Source for Adventure in Smithers B.C. We set up two tables on Main St. in front of Oscar’s, one table with our BBQ, food, and donation box. The other table with SSBC memberships and an information sheet outlining our Telkwa River Coho Pond Project, for which the funds raised were to be directed. All of the food served was donated from local business and sold “by donation” to the Steelhead Society. Our local radio station The Peak was onsite and interviewed us on what the Steelhead Society stands for and about the local projects with which we are engaged. This was a great event that provided exposure to the community while raising funds for a good cause.


A special thanks to:


Conservation Officer – Kyle Ackles

Headwaters Fish Artistry – Chuck Holyk

Paul’s Bakery – Brian Sikkes

Bulkey Valley Wholesale – Mike Bundock

Bulkley Valley Wholesale – Ian Ricketts

Oscar’s Source for Adventure – Steve Hidber


Special Thanks Go Out for Donations at this Year's M&Y's Spey Clave

The Steelhead Society of British Columbia (SSBC) wishes to acknowledge the recent
contributions from both those who purchased raffle tickets and the Sponsors that donated
items at the recent M+Y Spey Clave held on April 9, 2011 at Peg leg Bar on the Fraser River,
Chilliwack, BC.

The donations were raffled off to raise money for the SSBC which in turn leverages the funds
for various projects to the benefit of anadromous salmonids in the Province. For example,
projects on the Squamish, Thompson and Nimpkish rivers are made possible with these funds.

Special thanks to:

Hatch – 7 plus Mid Arbour (Roger Baker)

Islander – FR3 Fly Reel (Peter Morrison)

Loomis – Versa Spey 13’6” #8/9 (Chris Sepio)

Simms – G3 Ltd Edition Gore-Tex waders (Todd Scharf)

Abel – Abel #2 Pliers in Deep Blue (Jeff Patterson)

Rajeff Sports – Echo Solo Rod 7129-4 (Tim Rajeff)

Maui Jim – Maui Jim Readers. (Lynne Reeves)

Francois Blanchet who donated a ½ day guided casting instruction

Amundson - trout reel (Pete Kauhausen)

Hardy/Grays – Greys G-Tech Spey reel (Dan McCrimmon)

Scientific Anglers – 6 Multi Tip Fly lines plus 10 shooting lines (Al Belhumeur)

Rajeff Sports – 10 Airflow Lines (Chris Sepio)

Rio Products – 4 Rio Fly lines (Simon Gawesworth)

Scott Fly Rods – Hats, T-shirts and a Hoody (Gerald Woloshyn)

Redl Sports – Dragonfly Switch Rod (Robbie Nichols)

Ed Desrochers – flight in the Buccaneer plane

Come Down and Visit Us at the M&Y 6th Annual Spey Day!


Come on down to Peg Leg Bar this Saturday for the M&Y 6th Annual Spey Day - The Steelhead Society will have a booth set up, so drop by and say hi!


Many non-spey casters and curious fly fishers come out to enjoy the camaraderie and witness some awe inspiring casting.


Date – Saturday April 9th, 2011

Time: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

9:45 AM:  Dave O’Brien – Introduction and Outline

10:00 AM: Aaron Goodis – The Power of the Underhand

11:00 AM: Simon Gawesworth – Tips and Faults

12:00 PM: Ryan Heitz – Switch Casting

12:30 PM: Complimentary BBQ

1:30 PM:  Brian Styskal & Greg Bencivenga – Short Heads, Mid Heads and Long Heads

2:45 PM:  Adrienne Comeau & Whitney Gould – Spey casting: A Fishing Prospective

3:45 PM:  Tim Arsenault – Locks & Blocks

4:15 PM:  Wrap Up and Steelhead Society Raffle


Location: Peg Leg Bar, Fraser River, Chilliwack. Download directions here.

Cost – Free, just lot’s of smiles.


See you down there!