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Trip Summary by JohnP:
All three of us limited out all quota's on last day of fishing, ~75# fillets per person, (salmon still in sound as minimal rain). Well run 14 boat operation, accommodations basic reflecting price, food had minimal vegetables/fruit, lots of sweets. Drizzled rain for 1.5 days, concentrated trip, need a couple days to catch up on sleep.

2021-08-24 GRR Members JohnP, RonE, & DaveC drove up to Campbell River, RonE & DaveC fly fished and released Pinks in Campbell River, JohnP, had snooze after taking wife to airport early.
2021-08-25 Drove to Fair Harbour, parked car, Guide Boats ready early at 2pm, 30 min ride to lodge, fished few hours landed two Chinooks and one Coho.
2021-08-26 Fished all day, limited out on Chinooks and second Coho, JohnP seasick but avoided chumming water withe aid of DaveC's good stuff.
2021-08-27 Fished all day for Halibut and Lings, RonE caught day's record 31# Ling using live bait.
2021-08-28 Fished few hours to fill Ling and Halibut quota, plus several Rock Fish and Black Bass. Boat to Fair Harbour, 7.5 hr drive straight back to Victoria.

Trip Summary by RonE:
DaveC, JohnP, and I fished Kyuoquot Sound from August 25th to August 28th with Murphy's an Outfitter based in Port Alberni. https://www.murphysportfishing.com/
John has documented aspects of the trip in the Victoria GRR Forum and posted photos. As John stated, we all came home with full possession limits of Chinook salmon, halibut, lingcod, and possibly even rockfish. And I think every other angler at the lodge did the same thing. I would recommend a trip to Kyuoquott sound to anyone who wishes to catch these species and I plan to go again next year.
It is about a seven-and-a-half-hour drive from Victoria to Fair Harbour where one catches the water taxi to the lodge.
The salmon fishing is in fairly protected waters. However, if one is going to fish for the other species and is susceptible to seasickness I would recommend bringing seasickness patches.
During our stay, we rotated through a different guide every day. All of them had several years of experience fishing in the area and were quite good.
I cannot recommend the food. Having stated this, this has been a difficult year for supplying outpost camps and this could be part of the reason why the food was so terrible. If you like lots of sugar and sweet chocolate, you might like the food more than I did.
John has posted a photo of a kelp greenling. That fish was used by me to catch a large lingcod, a favourite technique of mine. The kelp greenling is hooked in the lips and the line is weighted such that the greenling sinks close to the bottom and is basically left there. It usually doesn't take very long before a large lingcod will grab it and it won’t let go. By carefully reeling to just below the surface the ling can be netted or gaffed. Our guide gaffed my fish. There is a photo showing the kelp greenling still in the mouth of the ling and the guide is holding it with a gaff. Unfortunately not all guides like doing this as we learned the last morning of the trip. Dave caught a nice-sized kelp greenling and the guide was not interested in using it as a bait.
We chose the option to have Murphy's clean, vacuum pack and flash freeze our fish. They did a great job of this and I'm glad that I chose to have this done.
Cheers
Ron
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CLUXEWE SIDE TRIPS

Listed North to South

PORT MCNEILL
10 min drive from Cluxewe
Hill into town is very steep, at bottom right is grocery and liquor stores. Around corer from Sporting Goods is good restaurant.
Bottom hill is dead end, near dock is store to buy internet card that can use at Cluxewe.
Medical: Two options in Fort McNeil clinic on right past gas station, open regular hours, emergency at Hospital (one Doctor in town), before gas station turn right, 2 miles.

ALERT BAY
Access via ferry from Port McNeil, just walk on no need car.
First Nations Museum

TELEGRAPH HARBOUR
Old Whaling Station

PORT HARDY

PORT ALICE
Drive in v pretty
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GOLDEN RODS AND REELS - WEEKLY MEETING MINUTES
Jun 29, 2021

CHAIRED BY: DavidC.

SECRETARY (Vacant): JohnP, Acting.

LOCATION: Zoom Videoconference.

ATTENDANCE: 14 Members, 0 Guests.

CONVENED: 9:30 am.

MINUTES: Adopted from Jun 22, 2020.

ITEMS ARISING FROM MINUTES: None.

TREASURER'S REPORT (JohnF): No report.

SUNSHINE REPORT (WendyG & PatP): Discussion.

SOCIAL (BillT & BobC): August Corn Roast scheduled for Aug 19, 2021, BillT visited second option, and CRD Island View Beach which has rotunda and great view, not reservable.

MEMBERSHIP (JohnF): No report.

FRESHWATER FISHING REPORTS (RonD):
1) No member reports, too hot.
2) RonM: Friend still catching searun Cutthroats.
3) DaleS: On Langford Lake last Thursday, ~16 trout trolling with wet chartreuse and blue Bunny Leech flies near boat launch.

SALTWATER FISHING REPORTS: None.
1) RonD: Becher Bay allowing Chinook to be retained (in addition to hatchery Coho).
2) RyanA: Offshore Secretary Island to Otter Point, ~20 small Coho, retained four hatchery Coho, people catching many Chinooks but return.

VOLUNTEERING (BillT & TonyO):
1) Goldstream Hatchery: Quiet as hot.
2) BCWF: Jul 7 & 21 two webinars via their website for over 55's fishing.

FLY TYING MEETING (DaveR): Next Saturday.

LIBRARY REPORT (ColinC): No activity.

GILLIE REPORT (DennisG):
1) Cluxuwe Fishout no update.

AMALGAMATED CONSERVATION SOCIETY (BillT): No report.

WEBSITE (JohnP): Added weekly Fly Tying video.

LEGACY FUND (BarryF): No requests.

FUND RAISING:
1) GRR branded fly boxes still available, contact JohnF.
2) Thrifty Cards: JohnF to re-contact Thrifty's and email out proposal.

NEW BUSINESS:
1) BarryF: ~100 GRR branded stainless and ceramic mugs stored at home, for sale at $10 each, will hold until face-2-face meetings.
2) JimM: Raised discussion on releasing salmon from beach vs in water.

CONSERVATION REPORTS (MickC): Year end report -
1) BCWF: Taking larger role for BC Govt funding conduit and more involved reclamation and education.
2) Elk Lake Fishing Dock Replacement: Application for Federal Govt funding submitted.
3) Peninsula Streams & World Fisheries Trust: Four interns via govt grant.
4) Colquitz Fish Counting Fund: $1000 GRR commitment from Legacy Fund waiting on studies.
5) Elk/Beaver Lake: RFP for Consultant under review by CRD for 2 months, to be issued soon.
6) Watershed Management Plan: Progress via Interns.

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday's 9:30am informal via Zoom, no minutes. Next formal meeting is Sep 14, 2021.

ADJOURNED: 10:20 am.

SPEAKER PROGRAM: None, anyone can speak.
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GOLDEN RODS AND REELS - WEEKLY MEETING MINUTES
Jun 22, 2021

CHAIRED BY: DavidC.

SECRETARY (Vacant): JohnP, Acting.

LOCATION: Zoom Videoconference.

ATTENDANCE: 14 Members, 0 Guests.

CONVENED: 9:30 am.

MINUTES: Adopted from Jun 15, 2020.

ITEMS ARISING FROM MINUTES: None.

TREASURER'S REPORT (JohnF): Nothing to report this week.

SUNSHINE REPORT (WendyG & PatP): Discussion.

SOCIAL (BillT & BobC): August Corn Roast scheduled for Aug 19, 2021, BillT visiting locations this week.

MEMBERSHIP (JohnF): No report.

FRESHWATER FISHING REPORTS (RonD):
1) Langford Lake: Yesterday morning, JohnP, ColinC several hits on black fly with red bead landed one, ChrisW, and DaveC landed 2 small trout several strikes, fish finder showed trout at bottom.
2) DaveR: Talked with guy buying concentrated drink strawberry or cherry flavouring in Save-ON, uses 1 once sinker, 3-4 kernels corn on hook, quick oats on sinker, soak in flavouring, last week landed 50# Carp at Elk Lake. Also pulling plugs at Elk and doing very well.
3) RonD & SandyM: Peter Hope Lake 2 weeks had pick of campsite spotty at times, bit windy, mostly cool and hatches small, did have swarm Mayfly Hatch, best flies were Caddis Pupa and modified Wooly Flyer. Went to little Peter Hope Lake many many trout 14-18" trout. Community Lake 1 week, cold, fished micro leeches and got many for 2 days, last couple days very slow. Fish were very strong, jumped several times. SandyM did a lot of Chironomid fishing, not as successful as trolling.
4) JohnF: Visited Durrance Lake, counted ~300 cars due to heat!
5) Prospect Lake: DaleS & BarryF yesterday starting 6:30am, trolling with sinking line @ 22ft and 15ft down-rigger, several trout.

SALTWATER FISHING REPORTS: None.
1) Sooke Ken Evans limit on large spot prawns after dropping several traps, very spotty but limited out with 125 each.

CONSERVATION REPORTS (MickC): Nothing this week, full wrap up report next week at last meeting.

VOLUNTEERING (BillT & TonyO):
1) Goldstream Hatchery: Discussing when to start clipping fish.
2) BCWF: First Nations reconciliation meeting, will support Injunctions.
3) Peninsula Streams: Revisit Meadow where 2 years ago planted 2400 trees mainly Garry Oaks.

FLY TYING MEETING (DaveR): Next Saturday DaveR will demo Still Water Nymph and possibly a Water Boatman.

LIBRARY REPORT (ColinC): Finally lent out a book!

GILLIE REPORT (DennisG): No report.

AMALGAMATED CONSERVATION SOCIETY (BillT): No report.

WEBSITE (JohnP): Added weekly Fly Tying video.

LEGACY FUND (BarryF): No requests.

FUND RAISING:
1) GRR branded fly boxes still available, contact JohnF.
2) Thrifty Cards: JohnF to re-contact Thrifty's and email out proposal.

NEW BUSINESS:
1) JohnP DaveC and RonE going to Murphy's August 25, need large coolers. TonyO, RonD, ColinC volunteered large coolers that can use.
2) JimM: Proposed for Corn Roast that do fishing rod golf etc at same time to try and get more members.

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday Jun 29, 2021 via Zoom (last formal weekly meeting before summer informal no minutes meetings).

ADJOURNED: 10:12 am.

SPEAKER PROGRAM: None, anyone can speak.
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GOLDEN RODS AND REELS - WEEKLY MEETING MINUTES
Jun 15, 2021

CHAIRED BY: TonyO, Acting.

SECRETARY (Vacant): JohnP, Acting.

LOCATION: Zoom Videoconference.

ATTENDANCE: 13 Members, 0 Guests.

CONVENED: 9:28 am.

MINUTES: Adopted from Jun 8, 2020.

ITEMS ARISING FROM MINUTES: None.

TREASURER'S REPORT (JohnF): Nothing to report..

SUNSHINE REPORT (WendyG & PatP): Discussion.

SOCIAL (BillT & BobC): August Corn Roast scheduled for Aug 19, 2021, evaluating Tulista Park, Sidney or Dominion Brook Park, Saanich which is reservable via North Saanich Municipality.

VOLUNTEERING (BillT & TonyO):
1) Goldstream Hatchery: New tank farm commissioning ongoing.
2) Sooke Net Pen: Released 635k Chinook.
3) West Coast Fly Fishing: First Zoom meeting this week, followed by face-2-face meetings.

MEMBERSHIP (JohnF): No report.

FUND RAISING:
1) GRR branded fly boxes still available, contact JohnF.
2) JimM: Two location based fly boxes Auction from 6 donators, now closed, 6 people bid, raised $155. Will redo in fall, maybe including dry flies.
3) Thrifty Cards: JohnF to re-contact Thrifty's and email out proposal.

FLY TYING MEETING (DaveR): Next Saturday DaveR will demo simple No-Brainer & The-Usual flies & DaveC to demo.

FRESHWATER FISHING REPORTS (RonD):
1) Prospect Lake: BrianP last Thursday's few hits.

SALTWATER FISHING REPORTS:
1) RyanA: Caught few Coho's.

CONSERVATION REPORTS (MickC):
1) Elk Lake Dock Replacement: Submitted 76 page application last Wed for $95k in federal Funding (includes 6 letters of support, design package Dirk, and photos SandyM) towards total of $250k cost estimate.
2) Salmon Safe Certification: Working with mainland staff to possibly extend certification into southern Van Isle.
3) World Fisheries Trust/Peninsula Stream: Summer Interns work ongoing, possibly fall presentation on what achieved.

LIBRARY REPORT (ColinC): Finally lent out a book!

GILLIE REPORT (DennisG): No report.

AMALGAMATED CONSERVATION SOCIETY (BillT): No report.

WEBSITE (JohnP): Added weekly Fly Tying video.

LEGACY FUND (BarryF): No requests.

NEW BUSINESS: BobC - Excellent article on catch-release trout in Saturday paper with pros-and-cons, article was forwarded by RonE, several minutes of discussion.

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday Jun 22, 2021 via Zoom.

ADJOURNED: 10:07 am.

SPEAKER PROGRAM: None, anyone can speak.
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