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 Project Day - Trout Hatchery
Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 8:00AM
Now that all the trout fry have been released, we can get to some maintenance and some improvements.
We'll be staining the floor as well as a wall or two. We have some new ceiling panels to install that will allow greater venting as the existing setup is causing some condensation and frosting events.
There are other tasks that need to be accomplished but what we tackle on this day will depend upon how many members show up.
If we get a lot of folks out, a streamwalk may be organized to scout out future habitat work.
If you need more information please contact 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 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.
Family Fishing Day - Fanshawe C.A.
Happened: July 11, 2015
This event has become another TRAA tradition. Members have been helping the Fanshawe Campers Association with the Family Fishing Day for many years now.
We help the kids rig up, sort out the odd tangle and generally show them some fishing basics. The TRAA members that come out to this event find it both fun and rewarding.
Go to the EVENTS page for more pictures of this year's Family Fishing Day.
3rd Annual TRAA Paddle & Fish
Happened: July 18, 2015
We held our 3rd Annual Paddle & Fish July 18th.
Members met at the Tim Horton's on Veteran's Memorial Parkway and then left from there to the put-in at the Veteran's Memorial Parkway bridge.
From there we paddled and fished our way down to Pottersburg Park.
If you want to check out more pictures and stories of this fun morning, go to the EVENTS page.
Ian Colin James
Ian Colin James, fly fishing instructor, guide, writer and a friend to all who hold the outdoors and its conservation dear to their hearts, has passed on.
Ian was a tireless advocate for the Thames River, a fearless warrior in the fight to decommission Springbank Dam and a passionate advocate of the Thames River Anglers Association.
Ian was well known for his wit, humour and knowledge of fly fishing. This he shared with thousands through his guiding, instruction, speaking engagements, charity work and his position as an instructor at Fanshawe College.
As an angling and environmental family, we are all poorer for Ian's passing.
Rest easy my friend, you'll be remembered through our continued commitment “For the enhancement, protection and promotion of a viable, multi-species fishery within the Thames River watershed.”
Rainbow Trout Release
Monday, June 22, 2015
The rainbow trout fry were released into Dingman Creek with the help of a Grade 4 class from Princess Elizabeth Public School.
Special thanks to TRAA members Jenn Stewart, Adam Bengen, Bill Vandewetering and Rob Huber for taking the time to help out with the this event.
Click here for more pictures and information from this fun and rewarding day.
TRAA General Meeting
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 8:00PM
This will be the first meeting after our summer break!
Note that there will be no TRAA General Meetings in July or August as we'll be concentrating on work parties and fishin'!
The level of activity and excitement has never been higher so we need everyone to come out to the September meeting and get up to date on the issues and the news.
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.