Welcome to the TRAA
Dedication Today for Tomorrow
"For the enhancement, protection and promotion of a viable,
multi-species fishery within the Thames River watershed.
TRAA General Meeting
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
If you're not coming out to the TRAA General Meetings then you're not getting the full experience from your membership. These meetings are where major decisions are made with regard to TRAA activities and events are made and you can be a part of it!
In addition we are hoping to start lining up guest speakers for each of these monthly meetings.
If you have an idea for a speaker please let us know by contacting us. We only ask that the speakers' topics be related to conservation, fishing, outdoor life... well, you get the idea.
The venue is the Western Ontario Fish & Game Protective Association's clubhouse, 790 Southdale Road East, London which is just east of Wellington Road.
As usual guests are welcome. If you need more info' about TRAA General Meetings, please contact us.
TRAA Raffle Results for Custom Built Spinning Rod
We have a winner!
Paul Holmes was the lucky guy whose name was drawn at the September TRAA General Meeting for the spinning rod built by Paul Noble on a Rainshadow RX7, two piece, 7-foot rod blank. Paul will enjoy its light weight, superb strength and sensitivity - perfect for smallmouth bass, walleye and trout.
Regarding another previous draw, Ryan Simard was unfortunately unable to take advantage of his day on the river with Ian James (see details below) because of family and work schedules so he donated the prize back for a re-draw at the September TRAA General Meeting. Rick Ornato was the fortunate fellow whose name was drawn in Ryan's stead.
Thanks go to Ryan for passing on his fortune to Rick!
New Life for Old Waders
Here's an interesting tip to recycle breathable waders!
My venerable stocking foot waders had served me well but they had sprung a slow leak in the neoprene foot. After emptying a tube of Aquaseal in an attempt to repair them, they responded by leaking even more.
With steelhead season upon us, the decision was made to replace them (wet feet quickly end a day on the river in the dead of winter!).
As the old waders hovered over the garbage can, an idea dawned on me and they were given a reprieve from their trip to the landfill.
Both feet were cut off just above the top of neoprene "bootie" using a sharp utility knife.
The stitching that fastens the "bootie" to the waders was used as a guide for the cut.
Once the cuts were made, the "booties" were the only thing discarded.
What I'm now left with are a pair of heavy-duty, chest high and breathable rain pants!
Meet this Year's TRAA Executive & Committee Chairs
The TRAA held its elections at the March Annual General Meeting and many of the faces you'll recognize as many of the faces are the same! In addition, the Committee Chairs were also decided upon.
Without further ado, here are the folks that'll be steering the course for the TRAA through the upcoming year.
L: Rob Huber, President
and Public Relations Committee Co-Chair
M: Jeremy Beaton, Vice President
and Habitat Committee Co-Chair
R: Dan Schinkelshoek, Chairman
L: Archie Graham, Treasurer
M: Wil Mulder, Secretary
R: Randy Bailey, Warmwater Committee Chair and Public Relations Committee Co-Chair
R: Paul Holmes, Habitat Committee Co-Chair
M: Stephen Jones, Trout Committee Co-Chair
R: Paul Noble, Social Committee Chair and Web Site Chair
Local Businesses Step Up to Help Out the TRAA
The support of the following area business people is much appreciated
During the February General Meeting the TRAA voted unanimously to re-name the TRAA trout hatchery honouring Keith Wales' memory and his unselfish support of the TRAA's work in the London area, in particular Komoka Creek. Special thanks go out to Muma Manufacturing in St. Thomas for donating the beautiful laser-cut aluminum sign.
After cleaning up the area around the TRAA shed and trout hatchery, our trailer was quite full and needed to be emptied. A big 'thank you' goes out to Rick Vandersluis and Mike Seabrook of Try Recycling who allowed the TRAA to empty the trailer at their facility free of charge.
Before we could take the trailer to Try Recycling, we needed to get the spare tire for the trailer fixed. Pat Devincenzo, proprietor of Angling Sports, offered to get it repaired. Turns out the tire needed replacing and Pat took care of it.
Angling Sports also supplied cards for all TRAA members that entitle them to a discount equal to the tax on anything in the store.
Thanks Pat, your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Speaking of Support, Check Out this Offer from Ian Colin James!
This was an opportunity open only to TRAA members.
Rick Ornato is the new winner of a draw to spend an entire day on the Thames River or the Grand River learning to fly fish from Ian James, a world class guide and instructor! If you throw in that he's a sought-after speaker, teaches a course on fly fishing environmentalism at Fanshawe College and is a bestselling author, Ryan's day on the water has the possibility of becoming an event. We don't think Ryan's ever cast a fly before but no problem, Ian will have him casting well enough to catch fish within half an hour.
If you still want that one day on the river with Ian, go out Ian's Website to check out his page on guiding.
On behalf of Rick and the rest of the TRAA, thank you Ian!
A special "Thank You" goes out to Ryan Simard for donating this prize back for the second drawing.