Get kids involved in fishing, too many video games do not foster imaginations they make adult dullards, take them fishing every chance you get, get them excited about the outdoors through positive experiences, they might not grow up to be fishers but they will be making decisions about “natural resource management” in the future and someone who has intrinsic connection to the outdoors and wildlife is a lot easier to convince of the importance of as an example non clear cut headwaters of sensitive creeks than trying to convince someone who has only ever watched nature on TV. Oh and a bunch of old stubborn men(no matter how well intentioned) will usually end up being an exclusive group and can be very intimidating for anyone who isn’t part of the club. And they also aren’t very good at influencing people.
Stop worshiping Talismans of the ruling class in Britain eg. hardy perfects, none of you are lords, and if you lived in Britain in the early 1900’s most of you would probably be shoveling horseshit or working in coal mines, not fishing for atlantics, with flies tied with exotic feathers from across the realm. You wouldn’t be allowed to fish those rivers. You would be peasants.
steelheading is most definitely not about your ego, in spite of the sad attempts of some to make it so.
There are other rivers besides the Thompson River
Cutthroat are awesome
There are other rivers on the island besides the Cowichan river. I often hear about how crappy the fishing is on the island. Really? This is paradise. There is no pressure to speak of, and some of the nicest rivers I’ve ever seen are on this island. Have you ever tried hiking?
Protect really small creeks and rearing ponds. Even the ones that go dry in the summer can have steelhead, chum, coho, pinks, chinook, sea runs, rainbows, sculpins, stickleback and a bunch of other creatures. They rely heavily on these habitats. Educate at every opportunity with regards to this.
Fishing for summer run steelhead with roe once is a learning experience, fishing with it every day and expecting to catch the same 20 summer runs a day out of the same low water high temp pool all summer as if it is your god given right is pathetic. It also kills those fish. Disagree? funny, I guess all those dead steelhead sitting at the bottom of the pool are there because of ocean conditions.
Are you really going to question catch and release as a management tool for anadromous fisheries? What steelheading would you be able to do without it? Entire watersheds around the world are effectively managed and have strong fisheries only because of C&R( puget sound sea run cutthroat come to mind), the key is to know how water temps, methods, and species characteristics affect mortality, and to play fish quickly.
Buy local dammit, big chain stores destroy local economies. (yes there actually is lots of documentation to support this)
Please stop using bait for cutthroat, they are very susceptible to mortality via this method…but if you must don’t sit there and watch the fish swallow it, and then set the hook, and then take 5 minutes to extract the hook dropping the fish on the ground five times, “release” it (sans esophagus, protective coating and bleeding out) via head over tail knuckle ball toss into the water, and then repeat, and then talk about how much fun you’re having
Love the fish more than the gear you use to catch them