Saturday, August 10, 2013

Pink Salmon Fishing with the Saunders Boys

The pink salmon fishery on Vancouver Island is just plain fun! The Saunders boys regularly go to visit their grandparents and uncles on the island. The boys will fly fish the beaches for pinks that are on the move to their home rivers. The pinks travel down Vancouver Island from out in the Pacific after a year and bit out in the ocean. Pink salmon's life cycle is only two years but their size is quite impressive. They give an excellent account of themselves after a take on a 5 or 6 weight fly rod. Their dad, Roy, has made a point of teaching all their kids about enjoying the outdoors. I can still recall seeing Devon getting his knuckles dusted while tangling with a big humpy (male pink salmon) on a 4 weight rod. Fresh pink salmon on the barbeque is pretty darn good too. Way to go Brad and Devon. I can tell you are having a great time.

Brad and Devon with a nice pink! Looks like this "chrome" pink just entered the river!

Nice humpy Brad!

Devon with a beauty!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Collecting Data on Stauffer Creek/North Raven River

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Trout Unlimited Canada wishes to advise you of a volunteer angling opportunity to help collect valuable information on the Stauffer Creek/North Raven River fish population.

Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (ASRD)  recently completed the tagging of numerous fish along with a population assessment on the Stauffer Creek/North Raven River.

AESRD is now looking to collect seasonal fish movement data within the Stauffer Creek/North Raven River.  Pit tags, small "pill like" tags, have been implanted under the skin of a number of fish. The implanted PIT tags track fish movement within the river and allow for individual fish identification. Each tag emits a unique signal which can only be identified by a handheld PIT tag reading unit.

AESRD is looking for movement and recapture rates of fish in Stauffer Creek/North Raven River to better understand the population at this time.

Volunteers are asked to participate in the project by:
  • Obtaining and signing out a sampling kit prior to their outing.
  • Follow the simple instructions housed in the kit (using the  PIT tag reader and GPS to scan any fish that you catch and record the locations of fish caught using the included GPS).
  • Fill out the included creel cards completelyduring your outing.
  • Return and sign back in the sampling kit and the competed creel cards at the end of your day.
Each kit is contained in a RED pelican case as displayed in the image below.  Each kit is locked to avoid easy access to this equipment by people not participating in the project.  If you participate in this project you are asked to please return the case to the same location you borrowed it from.

There are two tagging kits available for use:
  1. One kit is housed at a private residence in Edmonton (10224-79st., N.W.) The kit will be under the steps at the side of the house. The lock Combination for the Edmonton kit is, 780.
  2. Another kit is housed at a private residence in Red Deer (26 Wiltshire Place) This Kit will be located under a bush right at the north west corner of the house. The lock Combination for the Red Deer kit is, 403. 

For any additional information please contact Brian Meagher, TUC's Alberta Biologist via emailor phone, (403) 209-5185. 

The information gathered will be used to better manage and understand this unique fishery. We thank you for your support and any volunteer time you can add to this important project.