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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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TRAA Membership
Only $25!!!!Membership

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Work Party
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Habitat rehab

TRAA members will be meeting at the TRAA trout hatchery at 8:45am on Saturday, February 7th to remove two large obstructions in Komoka Creek.

Rainbow trout will be returning to the stream in about four weeks so we need to get this work done before their arrival.

This is an area of the creek that we don't generally spend much time on so please be there by 8:45am so we can get prepared to set off no later than 9:00am. If you're late, you might not find us unless you follow the sound of the chainsaws!

Boots or waders would come in handy if you bring them along.

If you need more info', please let us know by contacting us.

 

 

 

 

TRAA General Meeting
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Ice FishingCome out to a TRAA General Meeting to get the full experience from your membership. And speaking of memberships, if you haven't renewed for 2015, you can do that when you come to the meeting!

In addition to regular business we'll be asking each member in attendance to share an ice fishing tip. We don't want you to go on for an hour about it - just a brief minute or two. Bring props or pic's if you'd like but it's not necessary.
Tips can be anything to do with ice fishing: techniques, gear, baits & lures, safety, hot (secret) spots, staying warm, etc.
As a bonus, all who share a tip will be in for a draw for an ice fishing rod that was brand new at one time!

If you have an idea for a speaker at future TRAA General Meetings, 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.

 

 

 

Past Meeting Speaker
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Steelhead Guide FliesIn addition to regular business at January's General Meeting Paul Noble showed us how to tie a few simple but effective fly patterns for steelhead. Flies aren't just for fly rodders any more as float fisherman in the know are having great success running flies under floats when the roe bags aren't working.

These are what many folks call "guide flies". They're effective, easy to tie and because of that you fish them fearlessly, not worrying about losing them. They don't need action imparted by the angler so they're ideal under a float!
If you want a printable sheet with the recipes for these flies click here.

If you have an idea for a speaker at future TRAA General Meetings, 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.

 

 

 

Brook Trout and Brown Trout Eggs have Hatched!
The TRAA Trout Hatchery is in Full Swing

BrookiesThe brook trout fry have pretty much used up their egg sacs and will be transferred to the rectangular growth tank. The first batch of brown trout eggs we received was defective and as a result only about 25% survived. These have hatched and have been scooped into the large circular growth tank.

Brook Trout EggsWe received a replacement batch of brown trout eggs during the last week of January. This may cause some logistical challenges when they become ready for transfer into the circular tank where the first batch currently resides.

Members of the Trout Committee and the hatchery rotation crew will come up with a game plan to accommodate the two batches. It may be as simple as having an earlier release date soo that the larger fry don't get to the cannibalistic stage.

If you are interested in becoming part of the hatchery rotation, or would like to have a tour of the hatchery while the fry are in there please let us know at the TRAA General Meeting (see above) or contact us by email.

 

 

 

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.

Executive 2014
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


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.

 

 


Speaking of Support, Check Out this Offer from Ian Colin James!

This was an opportunity open only to TRAA members.

Ian_JamesRick 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.