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 Summer "Meetings" - NOTE JULY'S DATE CHANGE!
THE SECOND ANNUAL TRAA PADDLE & FISH
7:00am, Saturday, July 26 or Sunday, July 27, 2014
NOTES: The date has been changed due to a conflict with the Family Fishing Day event at Fanshawe Conservation Area with which the TRAA always helps out.
There was an email sent to all members from Paul Noble asking questions of those who will be attending the Paddle & Fish. If you are going to participate please take a few seconds and respond so we can plan this event.
The TRAA Paddle & Fish will happen on either the Saturday or the Sunday depending on which day has the better weather forecast so stay close to your emails (TRAA members only!) and this Web site.
We'll be putting in somewhere between St. Marys and Thorndale on the North Thames River at 7:00am.
We'll be targeting bass through the river section of the trip and then trying for some walleye as we work our way through Fanshawe Reservoir to the boat launch.
The day will finish up with a barbeque and the trophy presentation.
If you have a canoe and are looking for a co-paddler, or if you want to go but don't have a canoe please contact us.
This was a great event last year as we got to see some of the less travelled parts of the Thames Thames River while catching plenty of fish.
We're hoping to launch at 7:00pm so please try to be there early enough to get ready. If you have any questions with regard to this event please contact us.
EVENING FISH AND BARBEQUE
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
We'll be organizing an evening fishing event at Fanshawe Reservoir. The location will likely be below Fanshawe dam with the targeted species being carp, smallmouth bass, walleye and northern pike.
There has also been interest in fishing from watercraft in the reservoir above the dam, trolling and drifting for walleye and bass.
Either way we'll be finishing up with a barbeque and a few laughs.
As the date draws closer you'll get an email (if you're a TRAA member!) with further details. Please ensure that you RSVP so we know what quantities to bring for food and drink.
Those with thoughts and ideas for these fishing days are urged to contact us.
Hatchery Reno' Parties
Here's your chance to roll up your sleeves and be a part of what will make you proud to be a TRAA member!
8:00am, July 19 & 20, 2014
We'll be installing the new steel roof on the TRAA trout hatchery to replace the one pictured at left that was hammered down in 2006. With the amount of tree cover and constant humidity by the creek, an asphalt shingle roof just doesn't last so we're going with steel this time around.
We will also be putting a fresh coat of stain on the hatchery which would give it excellent curb appeal if the closest curb wasn't 5 or 6 kilometers away!
These projects will run on both the Saturday and the Sunday, so if you can make either or both days, we'd be happy to see you!
8:00am, August 9th & 10th
This will be another ambitious project that will involve the removal of the upwelling box and the circular growth tank so that the old floor pictured at the right can be replaced with new pressure treated plywood flooring.
While the growth tank is out there will be a new standpipe installed as well.
Everything will be re-installed using Fernco couplings so any future need to move the equipment will easier with this connection system.
8:00am, August 23rd & 24th
This week will find us installing white vented soffit to the underside of the trusses inside the hatchery. This will create a ceiling that will still allow the air to circulate. Best of all, it will give the hatchery a pleasant and more inviting interior space as well as providing brighter and more diffused lighting. This will help greatly for regular hatchery chores and for the tours we conduct.
As you can see in the picture at left, the existing bare rafters do nothing to enhance the lighting or the appeal of the hatchery.
The TRAA hatchery will be disinfected and fully commissioned on the weekend of September 13th so that we're ready to receive this fall's allotments of brown and brook trout eggs.
If you're interested in these hatchery events or any other TRAA projects, please contact us.
TRAA Raffle for Custom Built Spinning Rod
Only 200 tickets for this one-of-a-kind, hand built rod are available for only $5.00 each.
This spinning rod was built by Paul Noble on a Rainshadow RX7, two piece, 7-foot rod blank that's based on 43-million modulus high strain graphite fiber and bonded with a space age resin system. It's very lightweight with superb strength and sensitivity. It has a moderate/light action making it perfect for smallmouth bass, walleye and trout as it's rated for 6-10 pound test line and lures weighing 1/16-5/16 ounces.
The cosmetics of the emerald green thread and gold trim echo the TRAA colours and set off the subtle matte grey blank. It has a unique yet functional triangular reel seat and a generous cork grip for all-day casting and fish-fighting comfort.
These tickets are likely to go quickly so don't be disappointed - get yours now! While they last they'll be available at all TRAA special and social events and from TRAA members. You can also try to get your hands on tickets by contacting us.
Rainbow Trout Release
This spring's hatch of rainbow trout was incredibly successful with low mortality resulting in a phenomenal total of over 40,000 fry ready for release day on Saturday June 21, 2014.
TRAA members and guests met at the Country Hearth Restaurant in Komoka and car-pooled to the hatchery site to help out moving the fry from the hatchery to the TRAA transfer tank.
The rainbow trout fry were released into Dingman Creek.
There are more pictures of this year's rainbow trout release, see the Events page by clicking here.
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.
Ryan Simard was the lucky 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 Ryan and the rest of the TRAA, thank you Ian!