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 Presents the Film "DamNation"
at the Wolfe Performance Hall, London, Ontario
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - Start Time: 7:00PM SHARP
A Short Synopsis:
"This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers.
Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream.
Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access.
DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature."
If you are a fan of free-flowing rivers for the health of aquatic ecosystems and your community, you won't want to miss this moving piece of cinema.
For a taste, click here for the trailer.
As you are likely aware, Springbank Dam has been back in the news with rookie mayor Matt Brown attempting to gain support for the misguided repair of this monument to environmental and fiscal disaster.
It's our hope that upon viewing the movie "DamNation" you'll be inspired to carry your concerns for the health of our local aquatic and riparian ecosystem to your city councilors.
Note that the START TIME IS 7:00PM!! The film will begin after a short introduction from Rob Huber, President of the Thames River Anglers Association.
If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to Click Here to review and consider signing & sharing our petition to the City of London to encourage them to decommission Springbank Dam.
This dam was originally built on the nationally recognized heritage Thames River to create a reservoir in downtown London, Ontario so that it could serve historical recreational purposes. The petition includes a full background and the attached fact sheet is something we put together.
Thames River Clean-UP
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 9:00AM
This is an annual event that the TRAA has participated in for a number of years and this year will not be an exception.
Members, along with their families and friends, are invited to join us by simply coming out to the parking lot of Komoka Provincial Park on Gideon Road at the Brigham Road intersection at 9:00am.
All gloves and garbage bags will be supplied. All you have to do is show up in clothing appropriate to the weather.
Last year we tackled the Komoka Bridge area and we'll likely be de-trashing the same area again this year. If we get enough folks to show up, we'll also send a group to cover the Komoka ponds area as well.
We look forward to seeing you - it's a great way to get a little fresh air and exercise. If you need more information, please contact us.
TRAA General Meeting
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 8:00PM
Come on out to get your full membership experience! There is a lot of interesting and exciting things going on right now so you want to be there for all the details.
In addition to the regular TRAA business we are happy to announce that Dave Harris from Angling Sports here in London, will be our guest speaker. Dave will be presenting "rigging up for steelhead". Steelhead are one of the toughest fish to fool so Dave's tips will be welcome to any trout angler's arsenal.
As usual the venue for our General Meetings is the Western Ontario Fish & Game Protective Association's clubhouse, 790 Southdale Road, London, Ontario.
If you need know more about our General Meetings, please contact us.
Steelhead Tagging and Monitoring is done for this season
TRAA members and personnel from the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) have finished up the Salmonid Tagging and Monitoring Program for this spring.
It looks like all the migratory Rainbow trout have visited Komoka Creek, done their thing and have dropped back down as there appears to be none spotted during recent stream walks.
This program for steelhead (migratory rainbow trout) on Komoka Creek has been extended to continue and will begin again in the spring of 2016.
Thanks to all who helped out this year and a special shout out to John and Jason of the UTRCA
If you see a tag such as this please report it to the Ministry of Natural resources regardless of whether the fish is to be released or harvested.
TRAA Annual General Meeting Results
The TRAA's AGM on Wednesday, March 11th was well attended and this year's Executive and Volunteer Chairs positions were decided. Here's who will be guiding the TRAA until March 2016:TRAA Executives
TRAA Volunteer Committee Chairs
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.