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 Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
This will be one of the most important meetings of the year so make sure you're there for the 8:00pm start time. The Annual General Meeting is when we select our Executive positions for the upcoming year as well as decide on the volunteer Committee Chair positions.
We need your help to select the following Executive positions:
In addition we'll be confirming the following volunteer Committee Chair positions:
TROUT, WARMWATER, HABITAT, SOCIAL, WEB SITE and PUBLIC RELATIONS
You pick your level of involvement:
- stand for or nominate someone for an Executive position
- become a Committee Chair or Co-Chair
- just show up, show your support and vote.
All that's needed is your TRAA membership.
Thanks to the following members who steered the TRAA through this past 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
We're still looking for guest speaker ideas for future TRAA General Meetings, so if you can suggest anyone or a topic, 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
The 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.
We 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.
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.