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MEMBERSHIPS
ARE DUE!

YOU GET TO BE A TRAA MEMBER FOR A WHOLE YEAR FOR ONLY $25.00DuesYour membership also adds another voice to our efforts in protecting and enhancing aquatic habitats in the London & area community.
YOU'VE TAKEN A LOT OF ENJOYMENT FROM THIS UNIQUE FISHERY. IT'S TIME TO GIVE BACK BY BEING PART OF THE SOLUTION.

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! FUNDRAISING!
Efforts are underway
to get the $$$
we need to continue many of the TRAA's most vital projects:

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Improvements to the
Trout Fry
TRAA Trout Hatchery

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Continuation of the

Salmonid Monitoring Program

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Komoka Creek
Hydrological Study

Please email us if
you'd like to take
an active role in
raising the funds
needed for these
and other important TRAA activities.


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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.

 

Brown Trout Release
RESCHEDULED: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

BrowniesThis year's brown trout release has been rescheduled to the morning of Tuesday, April 24th. The release site will be the upper reaches of Medway Creek north of London.

We'll be meeting at the trout hatchery at 8:00am to fill the transfer tank and load up the browns for the trip to their new home.

Members who are able to help out are asked to contact our Trout Committee or any TRAA executive.

This batch had a challenging start with an extra day on the courier truck because of weather conditions. TRAA volunteers worked tirelessly and were rewarded with good success despite the initial setback.

Once the brown trout are out and on their own, the rainbow trout fry will be transferred from the upwelling box to the circular growth tank.

If you'd like to get involved with the hatchery operations or have questions please contact us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRAA Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 7:00PM

SmallieTrout season is open so that means...
We can't wait for bass season to open!!

Our guest speaker will be Stan Gibbs, who will be sharing his tips and tricks for bass on rivers, ponds and lakes.
Stan claims he's no expert but the guy catches fish! He likes to use spinning gear but he'll fling a fly; he employs bait casters, down riggers and whatever else needed to bust a bass. Be it from shore, wading, or one of his boats, he does what he has to do get onto fish.
You'll want to sit in on this one!

Regular TRAA business will follow with news, updates and other general information.

In addition we will have the new TRAA tees, hats and vinyl stickers available for purchase. Those of you who have reserved or paid for tees, etc., please ensure you show up to claim them!

If you haven't renewed your membership please bring along your $25.
If you haven't yet, you've probably been dropped from the roster. But we're a forgiving club so rejoin and you'll be back on the team!
You know it's the best membership deal around, especially taking into account that it includes your immediate family!

We meet at the Western Ontario Fish & Game Protective Association's clubhouse at 790 Southdale Road, London, Ontario. If you have questions please contact us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRAA Gear is now available!
Tee shirts, hats and stickers.

TRAA GearMany of you have already pre-ordered the TRAA tee shirts, but if you haven't you had better hurry because many sizes are almost sold out already! These are a steal at $15 each (there is no guarantee this price will be kept on future re-orders).

There are three different hat colours available: Clay Grey, Burnt Orange and Taupe. If you thought the tee's were a good deal, all three editions of these hats are also priced at $15 each (crazy, I know, but we wanted to kick it off as a deal for early buyers).

We now have some nice stickers featuring the TRAA logo that you can display on your vehicle, boat, lunchbox or wherever you like. At this time a price has not been fixed for these but they'll likely be around $2 each.

Get your TRAA Gear (makes a great Valentine's Day gift!) at any TRAA event, such as this coming General Meeting on February 14th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Archie Graham
In memory of a longtime friend and member of the TRAA

Archie at the TRAA 10th AnniversaryArchie Graham passed away earlier this year and has taken a memorable legacy with him.

Archie was one of the founding members of the TRAA and was one of our longest serving Executives. He was our Treasurer for so long that his acclamation to that position was a given at every Annual General Meeting. No one bothered standing if nominated because they knew they'd be trounced when the votes were counted!

Archie was also a tireless volunteer regardless of the event. Even at TRAA fishing events in which he rarely actually fished, he was always there with a spatula flipping eggs for breakfast or burgers for lunch!

Despite Archie's passion for TRAA causes, I don't think anyone ever saw him get really angry or curse. His comments were well thought out and his words were chosen carefully as he spoke.

We are all going to miss Archie Graham and the influence he had in the direction and the temperance of the TRAA throughout the decades he shared with us as a member.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Decommissioning of the Springbank dam
A landmark win for the Thames River and its future.

It was a decision that should have been made over 15 years ago but the civic works committee and council for the City of London finally got it right.Springbank Before

As part of the One River Environmental Assessment (EA), city staff and an engineering consultant presented Londoners with three options at several public information sessions in 2017:

The resulting report found the overwhelming majority of Londoners (over 70%) were in favour of either Options 1 or 2. According to the consulting engineers, Option 1 was only offered to satisfy the requirements of the EA, even though it will not be a viable option moving forward.
Therefore, the recommendation by the consulting engineers was to decommission the Springbank dam.

The civic works committee voted unanimously to decommission the dam on January 9th, leaving very little debate remaining for City of London councilors to vote unanimously on January 16th to decommission Springbank dam.

What next?
The decommissioning of the Springbank dam presents a number of options. The discussions and the wrangling over how the decommissioning will be undertaken will continue for some time.
As Rob Huber, TRAA President said during the civic works meeting on January 9th, “It’s really important to recognize how much taxpayer money has been put into this process of trying to make a decision . . . (doing nothing) takes all that hard work and throws it out the window."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Businesses Step Up to Help Out the TRAA
The support of the following area business people is much appreciated

Members of the trout hatchery rotation know the woes we've had with lighting in the hatchery. Even with larger fixtures installed a few years ago, it was still frustrating on days when the mercury dipped below -15C and the fluorescent technology just teased us with its dull flicker. Enter Mike Jeffries of Guillevin Greentech in London with nice set of bright and dependable (and new!) LED fixtures. Once they were installed it was like working in well-appointed laboratory.



mumaDuring 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.

Try
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.

Angling Sports
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.

 

 

 

 

TRAA Executives

President
Rob Huber
Vice President
Jeremy Beaton
 
Secretary
Will Mulder
Treasurer
Randy Bailey
Chairperson
Paul Holmes

TRAA Volunteer Committee Chairs

Trout
Dan Schinkelshoek

Warmwater
Pud Hunter

Habitat
Jeremy Beaton
Paul Holmes
Randy Bailey
Public Relations
Rob Huber
Randy Bailey

Social
Paul Noble
Ryan Simard

Web Site
Paul Noble
  Hatchery Management  

Adam Bengen
Randy Bailey