Featured demonstrators this year are Tim Rajeff of Rajeff Sports (Echo, Airflo), Steve Choate (world champion spey caster) and Steve Rajeff (G.Loomis rod designer and undisputed best distance caster ever). The day's itinerary hasn't been finalized yet, but there will be several other demonstrations throughout the day.
re: Designation of Steelhead as an Official Emblem of British Columbia (Provincial Fish)
Further to our earlier request of February 26, 2004, the Steelhead Society of B.C. again asks the government to give serious consideration to designating the wild steelhead (Oncorhynhus mykiss) as B.C.’s provincial fish for the following reasons:
- B.C. has a provincial flower (Pacific Dogwood, designated in 1956), a provincial gemstone(jade, designated in 1968), a provincial bird (Steller’s Jay, designated in 1987), a provincial tree(Western Red Cedar, designated in 1988), and most recently a provincial mammal (Spirit Bear).However, despite the cultural significance of fish to British Columbia, a provincial fish has not been designated as an official emblem of the province;
- Wild steelhead (and their land-locked equivalent, rainbow trout) are distributed throughout most of B.C. British Columbia is the only province in Canada with native, wild steelhead populations.These populations are the largest remaining in North America. The world records for the largest steelhead caught in fresh-water, and the largest steelhead caught by fly fishing, are both from British Columbia;
- B.C. is world famous for its unequalled wild steelhead sport fisheries, which are an economicallyand culturally priceless part of our heritage. The designation of wild steelhead as our provincial fish would add to these values.
We look forward to your response.
Steelhead Society of B.C.
UPDATE: Flies for Fins has placed the boards in all five participating shops, so thank you to everyone who has donated flies. Please keep them coming! But now we also need people to purchase said flies, as this is where the actual funds for the fundraiser are generated! Contact Reaction Fly & Tackle, Michael & Young Fly Shop, Pacific Angler, Sea Run Fly & Tackle or Whistler Fly Shop to place your order.