Earlier this fall RL Winston owner David Ondattje asked me to become part of the Pro Staff Photographer Team, he also asked me to produce a little AE Project to highlight the companies 2015 product line. David is an accomplished writer, director and photographer, he gave me some of his photos and I threw them into AE. Bam!
RL Winston Rod's owner David Ondaatje recently asked me to become part of the Pro Staff team! I'm flattered to be associated with Winston, a phenomenal company with a storied tradition in fly rod desgin. Incidentally David and RL Winston Rods were one of the first companies to get behind my filmmaking and sponsor my work. Thank you David! Check out a new Demo Reel that I just cut for my Winston Rod Pro Staff Bio page.
Another new film for one of my favorite clients, 7 Half Diamond Ranch. 7 Half Diamond Ranch is a destination that feels as natural as a place you have known your entire life. A beautiful piece of British Columbia where you can relax in the country with trophy fly fishing at your doorstep. Seven Half Diamond Ranch is the perfect all-season get away with activities that range from fishing, bird watching, biking, hiking and cross country skiing, horseback riding or just plain rest and relaxation.
The BIGGEST and the ONLY flyfishing party in Kelowna, goes Friday night May 2nd at the Laurel Packinghouse. Doors open at 5pm and the films will begin at 7pm. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds benefit Trout Unlimited's Okanagan Chapter. This year the show is brought to you by BIG SURF BEER Tickets are going fast and are available at Trout Waters (cash only please) online and at the door. There will be plenty of room in the new venue, we'll have theatre style seating and round table seating for those who prefer a more relaxed atmosphere. Again tons of prizes and great raffles. This years Door Prize is a trip to Ruddock's ranch. 3 nights camping, 4 days fishing for 4 people. A value of $1500. Also you will have a chance to win a guided trip for 2 with Trout Waters to 7 Half Diamond Ranch. And the Canadian Sweepstakes Prize is a trip for 2 at the Skeena Salmon Lodge for 1 week (air fare not included) a value of $11,000. Along with the regular bevy of door prizes that Nick and Savas at TW organize. Already there is a raffle underway for an Signature Series Derek DeYoung Abel reel (check it out at Trout Waters) As well Derek DeYoung has donated a singed and numbered giclee print that we will raffle off as well, (see pic below). If you have been to one of TU's Okanagan's Film Festival you know most of the time is taken up handing out the door prizes. We'll be posting the trailers for each of this year's films. Of course we will be having a draw on line for 4 tickets for FLYBC members. We will start another thread for that draw shortly. Please come see us at Trout Waters Casting Day April 13th and the Customer Appreciation days April 26th and 27th where we will have prizes for those who purchase F3T tickets.
This is cut and paste from the Kettle River Watershed Management Plan website. It's obvious the bad news for the Kettle continues. The quality of the Kettle for fishing has deteriorated over the last two decades, as shown by the low abundance and small size of rainbow trout and regular fish kills of trout and whitefish during droughts. Recently, the Stakeholder Advisory Group for the Kettle River Watershed Management Plan learned about the state of our fish from Tara White, Senior Fisheries Biologist with the Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO). White shared key findings from a major study investigating factors that limit the production of rainbow trout in the Kettle River. “Water and land management practices, limited available habitat, overharvesting, and low seasonal flows with high temperatures all share some of the blame,” said White. The greatest constraint for trout is the lack of refuge habitat such as deep pools for adult and sub-adult fish during the high temperatures and low flows in mid- to late-summer. Water temperatures of 19-26°C can harm or kill trout, and during low flows from late July into August the Kettle River frequently gets above 22°C and occasionally above 25°C. It gets worse. During low river flows the amount of habitat available for fish declines rapidly. When deep pools are the only places the fish have refuge, they are easy pickings for anglers who may not know or follow the fishing regulations. And even when the fish are released, the stress and injury from the hook and handling on top of the temperature stress can lead to death. So what can be done? At a minimum, all anglers must be licenced and follow the regulations that are posted at http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/. When the water is warm, consider not fishing in the rivers at all, and take part in stewardship and habitat improvement projects instead. Anglers should also learn how to handle fish properly when doing catch and release. “When practicing proper catch and release, anglers need to remember to keep the fish in the water, get their photographer ready, hold the fish up for a few seconds to take a photo, then place the fish back in the water,” said Brad Siemens, Fisheries Director for the Grand Forks Wildlife Association. “The longer the fish is held out of the water, the more stress to the fish, and likely higher mortality, especially in high water temperature conditions.” “Also, anglers need to be reminded not to drag their fish up onto the shore – a bare wet hand is the best for a released fish. Some nets actually strip the fish of their slime coat, but new net coatings have made leaps and bounds in this matter.” The Kettle River Watershed Management Plan will include a number of recommendations and actions that protect fish and fish habitat, including water conservation, education, and cooperation with the province and recreation and conservation groups to protect native fish stocks and restore habitat. At the provincial level, FLNRO is working on recommendations for changes to fisheries regulations and water management to better protect the fish in the Kettle and Granby Rivers. These recommendations include implementing water conservation measures, restricting water use during low flows, developing off-stream storage, regulating groundwater use, and changing fisheries regulations to include in-season closures and ‘catch and release’ only. White’s final report will be available in spring. “This fish was released for another angler to enjoy,” said Siemens. “Once a fish is removed from the river system, it is gone forever. The Kettle River is one of BC’s most endangered rivers – we need to keep these ‘canaries in a coal mine’ alive, for future generations to enjoy.”
I've been remiss with the BLOG and will try to get it back on track! Busy with a new film project with Patagonia and Costa called Finding Fontinalis: Valle de las Horquetas. For now check this out, I know it's old but I shot quite a bit of footage of Pete Caron wearing the new SSC Patagonia waders for this film. Nice edit by Justin Rowe.
Had a chance to host my great friend Brian Bennett this past September on the Kettle River. Brian is the MEAT AND POTATOES behind the only fly fishing website that matters MOLD YCHUM. Bennett an ardent steelheader still managed to introduced himself to several of the Kettle's beautiful rainbow trout over several days of stalking the river in 30 degree Celcius heat. True to form the hoppers produced, but the biggest fish were leader, tippet, line and presentation shy. One chance only as my boy Peerwat " Bobby " Koatakul would say! Check out what Moldy Chum had to say about the whole experience. With apologies to A.D. Above are the results of various effects applied to images of a Kettle River rainbow taken by my friend Travis Lowe on our recent rendezvous north of the border. The Kettle is a beautiful 175-mile tributary of the Columbia that flows back and forth between southeastern British Columbia and northeastern Washington. Being a trib of the Columbia the Kettle at one time supported salmon and other anadromous fish but a couple of giant dams forever put the kibosh on that program. As you can see above what remains are some very beautiful, very wary, rainbow trout. (And rumors of one phantom giant brown trout......perhaps more on that in a future post). LINK