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
Monday, May 2, 2016
This year we'll be releasing our brown trout fry into Oxbow Creek. The exact spot has yet to be determined but it looks like it'll be further upstream than where we have in the past when releasing into this stream.
The reason we're holding this event on a Monday is because students from a local elementary school will be teaming up with us.
It's always a lot of fun having kids involved with the release events and it's so rewarding seeing them get into something many of them wouldn't normally experience.
If you're available to help out on this Monday, please contact us.
Thames River Cleanup
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 8:45AM to Noon-ish
TRAA members will be meeting with another group(s) to do our yearly cleanup of the area around Komoka bridge (some may call it the Speedway bridge). We'll be meeting at the Komoka Park parking lot on Gideon Road at Brigham Road. Click here for a map.
This is a great spot for the TRAA to concentrate efforts as much of the litter is embarrassingly produced by anglers - not TRAA members but still...
It's a great way to get some fresh air, light exercise and top up your commitment to "give back".
When we wrap this up you can head straight over to the Angling Sports Barbeque (see below) to get your fill of cheap food and fun!
Angling Sports Barbeque
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 11:00AM to 3:00PM
Grab the family and come fill up on food barbequed by grilling gourmand 'Chef Ryan'.
Try a range of amusing activities for young to old.
Top it off with a chance at a $100 gift certificate courtesy of Angling Sports!
Proceeds will benefit the TRAA and our projects.
If you want more details, you can click here for the poster.
Don't let this event be the one that got away!!
TRAA General Meeting
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 8:00PM
Come out to the May 11th meeting to get caught up on all the TRAA activities and events as well as news on in the Thames River watershed in the London area.
In addition to regular business we'll be welcoming guest speaker Jason Barnucz, Aquatic Science Biologist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). They have done some very interesting work on the Thames River over the past few years using "benthic trawling" as part of their fish biodiversity research. As Thames River anglers and conservationists everyone will find the various components of this new sampling technique interesting.
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.
This Website is the New Resource for Paddling the Thames River!
The creators of this informative and entertaining Website are Andrew Farrants and Chris Johnston, who have been paddling the Thames River for years, but found it difficult to find information on paddling.
They did a bunch of research and came up with half a dozen resources online and in paper flyers, much of which needed updating. They also did research on other Southern Ontario rivers, such as the Grand, Nith and Saugeen, and have found municipal tourism and private outfitter websites that go into great detail about paddling routes on their respective rivers.
This led them to start a personal project to paddle all four branches of the Thames River this in 2016 and document access points, river flow rates, paddling times between access points, overnight campsites, campgrounds and other points of interest.
Chris says, "Our goal is to create a one online location for information for paddling the Thames River; to get more people paddling the Thames River."
"River of Evidence" Tee Shirt - Only a Few Left! Get Yours!!
TRAA member Ray Baxter, under his own initiative, had these tee shirts designed and printed.
What a great way to show your support for the Thames River and the decommissioning of the Springbank dam!
These quality tee's come in either black with white print or a very visible chartreuse with black print.
The cost is only $20 each with $5 going directly to the TRAA. What a deal and what a statement both fashion-wise and environmentally!
Get yours at the March 9th Annual General Meeting or by Contacting Us.
Have You Really Thought About It?
The Springbank dam does not provide flood control or hydroelectric power.
This dam serves no purpose other than to back up a free flowing Thames River to a "standstill" for recreational watercraft.
When in operation, what Springbank dam does is cause significant adverse impacts to the ecology of the Thames River.
It negatively impacts the free movement and passage of fish and other aquatic species.
The Springbank dam disrupts the natural flow of water and sediment, degrading water quality.
Scientific studies have documented that the Springbank dam reservoir does not meet provincial water quality objectives for phosphorus and E. coli.
This poses a significant risk to local residents, visitors and wildlife species within and around the system.
The City of London proposes to repair the Springbank dam that has already been "refurbished" to the tune of a reported cost of over $6.8 million to local taxpayers.
Wouldn't you rather see your tax dollars going toward something that would benefit EVERYONE?
Wouldn't you like part of your generation's legacy to be a free-flowing and healthy Canadian Heritage River for all Londoners and their families?
If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to Click Here to review and consider signing our petition to the City of London to encourage them to decommission Springbank Dam.
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 International Co. 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.
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.
TRAA Volunteer Committee Chairs