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 on: March 30, 2023, 05:17:53 PM 
Started by RalphH - Last post by RalphH
here is the list from

here is an alternate list from  :D

 on: March 30, 2023, 04:49:48 PM 
Started by RalphH - Last post by iblly
A buddy of mine said someone on flybc yesterday posted a bunch of potential winterkill numbers for a bunch of interior lakes. I’m not on flybc so I can’t confirm.

 on: March 30, 2023, 04:08:25 PM 
Started by IronNoggin - Last post by RalphH
As per the link to article in the Alberni Valley the Vancouver "ban" is on sales to minors and also requires adults to provide valid identification. As it is a purchaser is required to provide name and address plus signature.Farnworth is quoted as “If there are other things we can do to either limit it or restrict its sale, I’m more than willing to look at that..”  Farsworth further said (as quoted in the article)

“10,000s of British Columbians go out in the outdoors in this province,” he said. “There are many parts of B.C. where you should make sure you have it (bear-spray), when you go out.”

Criminal code S. 90(1) already defines pepper spray as a potential concealed weapon and Health Canada has authorized it as legal only in wilderness areas for use to thwart attacks by wild animals only. I don't see anything in the article that implies an outright ban is under consideration.

 on: March 30, 2023, 03:29:52 PM 
Started by IronNoggin - Last post by Darko
one thing is that bear spray has become a very common sight in youth involved in violent activities, although a ban will not help, just like a gun ban doesn't help gun violence, as criminals do not buy guns legally...

 on: March 30, 2023, 03:23:29 PM 
Started by IronNoggin - Last post by Bavarian Raven
Government "logic" at its finest. :/

 on: March 30, 2023, 02:36:33 PM 
Started by IronNoggin - Last post by IronNoggin
B.C. government looking into whether to ban bear-spray across province

Proposed changes to the Criminal Code designed to fight crime in the urban areas of British Columbia could impact bear safety in the rural parts of the province.

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said the provincial government has an “active file” looking into the issues around banning bear-spray.

He made these comments Wednesday (March 29) when asked whether the province would consider a province-wide ban after the City of Vancouver had passed new bylaws around the sale of bear-spray.

Farnworth said British Columbia and Manitoba lobbied the federal government for that change, adding that Ottawa has told the provinces that it would like to make the changes this spring.

Guess Farnworth wants me, and those like me, to kill all of the ones they "protected" due to emotional parameters...

Getting my order in first thing in the morning. Job requirement.

 on: March 30, 2023, 09:20:33 AM 
Started by Darko - Last post by vancook
If they had those reels for sale when I first started looking at pin fishing I probably would have bought one to see how I liked it. Can't complain about the price.

Instead I started with a vintage Hardy Super Silex I inherited from my grandpa. Caught my first river coho on it as well.

I look forward to hearing how it performs on the river once you get out there.

 on: March 29, 2023, 10:04:25 PM 
Started by Darko - Last post by Darko
you cant go wrong at that price.
Nice looking reel.
Hope you catch a ton of fish with it. :)
I agree with the sentiment and also with the fact that that premier brands overprice their items. This is definitely the case for most of trout fly fishing where the fly reel is merely a line holder and you rarely use the drag, and even if you do use the drag, a cheaper disc drag will suffice or even click & pawl. The exception to this is Pacific Salmon and steelhead fishing. In my opinion the most important piece of fly fishing gear for salmon is the reel. In many cases a cheap reel will get you through but is common to see subpar reels blowing up with an angry chum. It hurts to buy one of those especially now with those high prices but in my opinion is worth it. I felt a great difference when I upgraded from a cheap fly reel to a mid/high range (400 bucks) that resulted in much easier handling and landing of bigger fish.

Back to the original thread, I suspect your CP reel will do great Darko. My understanding is that with CP fishing the rod actually applies most of the pressure when fighting the fish while the reel drag is purely hand pressure but the machinery is more involved in the casting and drifting than actually fighting/landing the fish so you should be fine

thank you both for your inputs. I will update this in the future if I have any issues or what have you.

 on: March 29, 2023, 12:33:35 PM 
Started by IronNoggin - Last post by IronNoggin
Well, we are now back home from meeting with the Standing Committee on Fisheries & Oceans in Ottawa.
The flights and hotel were disastrous (more on that later).

However we were very well received at the Committee, and I have been engaged in follow-up all of the past few days.

While the entire meeting was interesting & informative, if you only wish to see what Ken (our Chair) and I had to say, jump in at the 17:26.10 mark.

Then follow through to the end as they kept coming back with more questions to us.

Happy to be home, and hope I never have to go through Toronto ever again!

Not a single dissenter in the room.
Amazed me, as I was quite prepared for that.

Loved taking Trites to task!! :Heh, heh, heh:

After the meeting, all but 2 (1 Bloq & 1 lieberal) came up to shake our hands.
Mike Drop. Commanded the room were the most repeated phrases.

Best one was Why do we need to bother with any more Witnesses?

And then they took us out to a rather fine (expensive) dinner

Safe to say we carried the field, and that it was worth all the bull$hit getting there and back!

One Tired Ol' Nog

 on: March 29, 2023, 12:31:54 PM 
Started by IronNoggin - Last post by IronNoggin
Predators are thinning out west coast herring, says research

The consumption of herring by marine mammals and fish off the west coast of Vancouver Island is giving the species little chance to rebuild to a higher volume, according to indicators recently presented by a Nuu-chah-nulth-led research project.

The amount being consumed by predators – particularly hake, humpback whales and stellar sea lions – is coming close to what the herring population in Nuu-chah-nulth territory is able to support, said Jim Lane, acting manager of the Uu-a-thluk fisheries program, during a Nuu-chah-nulth Council of Haa’wiih Forum on Fisheries on Feb. 24.

“Predator consumption is almost approaching the total biomass production of WCVI herring
,” he said.

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