Tag: British Columbia

Perusing BC Steelhead Survey Data

BC Steelhead Questionnaire

BC Steelhead Questionnaire

I recently received a survey from the fine folks at the Fish, Habitat, and Wildlife Management Branch of British Columbia. They wanted to know what waters I fished while there, and how many fish were caught, kept, and/or released. I filled out the form, but in the process of stuffing it in the recycled post-paid envelope (which I thought was pretty classy of them to provide), I noticed that the back of the questionnaire contained results from previous years. That data has been reproduced below:

SeasonLicenses SoldActive AnglersSuccessful AnglersCatch KeptCatch ReleasedAngling Days
1992/9323,62516,78910,40810,919107,493199,422
1993/9427,48218,9189,6387,15073,456189,840
1994/9523,06116,8929,6747,83195,013187,699
1995/9623,04416,3369,5086,67490,463186,944
1996/9719,60813,2968,3296,28085,081149,730
1997/9819,81414,1528,6155,86580,659151,822
1998/9919,17613,9278,9676,86197,455145,796
1999/0021,24414,1188,8475,06290,381145,285
2000/0120,71314,5199,1426,592109,291159,162
2001/0220,67914,2379,4065,857105,957154,982
2002/0319,99713,7578,8153,90092,696142,180
2003/0419,17114,3138,8315,10589,207154,755
2005/0616,54511,1137,5145,27972,128118,425
2006/0718,25511,9487,5693,62961,417103,841
2007/0821,68912,9926,4443,48777,133131,362
2009/1019,46912,9298,1974,11368,253122,308
2010/1118,09812,1478,1495,01386,414122,355

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Beginner’s luck

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good…

Photo by Cody Hoeckelberg

Photo by Cody Hoeckelberg

Swung fly. Wild buck. Very shiny.

Full trip report at the Trout’s Fly Fishing blog early next week.

MG signing off (because I got what I came for, and the trip isn’t even half over yet)

To catch the fish, you must first attract the fish

The best part of planning a fishing trip is..

A) Knowing you are getting some time off work
B) Figuring out which bag to put your toothbrush in
  or
C) Buying new gear

If you chose “C” you are obviously a seasoned traveling angler, having orchestrated numerous epic adventures, and likely caught trophy after trophy wherever the compass led you. Or, you could just be a renowned online fly-fishing journalist loudmouthed internet poseur/hack, like yours truly.

With a trip of my own just days away, I was found wanting. The Scott ARC 1196/4 I acquired a few months back via an exponentially complex barter transaction involving used office furniture, the United Nations Security Council, and the Smoking Man from The X-Files, was without a reel.

I thought about calling the G7 together for advice, but then I sobered up and rang Abel Reels instead. They did not disappoint.

Abel Switch Reel - Skull and Crossbones

A bonafide wolverine trapper recently “reminded” me that looks are all that matters. I presumed this meant they dressed up like a cute little bunny rabbit before heading to work, so I only partially bit. But, given that even a portion of that wisdom comes to pass, this rig’s appearance means the otherwise slim odds now distinctly favor running into chrome.

Or at least that’s my half-baked reasoning for taking option C.

MG signing off (because if you are going to freeze your butt off in BC, you might as well look good doing it)