The Outpost Report: November 9, 2009
November 9, 2009 | 755 Views
OUTPOST UPDATE: LEST WE FORGET.
This week I will take a moment to remember and recognize the sacrifice that so many took on and so many currently embrace to allow us our freedom in North America. It is a reminder of how lucky I am to live and work in places like the Queen Charlotte Islands and that in the year 2010 we can still catch wild fish in a wild ocean. November 11th is also a very personal time as my hero and the person who introduced me to fly fishing fought and fought hard in WWII. Wounded 3 times in brutal conflicts my grandfather David Sydney Beatty returned home to Toronto and as many men of his generation did…he moved on to raise a family and help build a country. He’s pictured here in 1943 presented with the Royal Regimental Colours, HRH King George V and Queen Elizabeth (Current Queen’s Mom). He is the gent with the moustache holding the flag directly behind the Queen.
To you Granddad and everyone else that served and currently serves…thank you.
In the spirit of thanks I wanted to bring you up to date on one of the conservation programs that many of you have contributed to over the years. At each of the WCFC lodges we sell raffle tickets for the Queen Charlotte Salmon Unlimited Enhancement Program. The prize is a return trips for 2 to any one of our 3 resorts and proceeds go to Salmon enhancement projects throughout BC using local employment. One of those beneficiaries is the Marble River Hatchery run by Grant and Debby Anderson. I spoke with Debby this morning and she was thrilled to give me an update on the returns this year. But first a little history: Sometime in the late 1980’s when the West Coast Fishing Club was in its infancy a large hatchery Chinook was caught off Langara Island. The fish was tagged as a fish from the Marble River and Rick Grange (co-founder and owner of WCFC) called the hatchery to thank them and a relationship was formed. The Hatchery was created in 1982 after Chinook stocks on the river had dropped from historical runs of 10,000 in the 1940’s to 500 returning fish in 1982. During the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s there was tremendous logging, mining and over fishing on the Marble and its watershed so by the 80‘s the fishery was pretty much destroyed. A common story across North America’s west coast. This year has been the BEST RUN Debby and Grant have seen in “20-30 years”. They caught all the brood stock they needed in one netting; 248 females and 216 males. She estimates there are currently 6000 Chinook in the river and the returns of Coho and Chum are “just beautiful”. She mentioned that it took the hatchery 17 years of hard work before they started to see any returns and that systems don’t recover in 3-5 years it takes decades. I could tell from her voice that she was ecstatic! The hatchery has received well over $100,000.00 in cash, products and donations from WCFC (friends, guests and partners) through the Queen Charlotte Salmon Unlimited Enhancement Program. They have improved facilities, rebuilt spawning channels, restored habitiat and supported the hatchery. Today the Marble hatchery has over 130 loyal, local volunteers that help put Chinook in the water for us to catch up in the Charlottes. So thank you for buying the raffle tickets and ask for them next year when you get to any WCFC lodges. You can read a little more information on this by following the link on the Quatsi River hatchery, which also supports the Marble and surrounding rivers:
and follow the link to the Marble:
If you haven’t seen it already on television or the web the West Coast Fishing Club is being highlighted on the World Fishing Network and BellTV with a “Catch the Coast” competition. You can sign up and see more details by following the following link:
A few notes from the Staff:
“Kaili’s winter adventures….or should I say summer adventures!!…for it’s summer time down here in the land of OZ. Latest adventure was a three day trip out to Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and to Watarrka (Kings Canyon). The days keep getting hotter and it’s hard to get a goods night sleep. So we slept out in the open under a sky full of stars…until the moon came up and it was too bright to sleep. Here’s a picture from a 3 hour hike in and around Ksts Tjuta.
“She’s a beautiful cluster of big rocks that shine in the sun. I hope every one is having a good winter and I hope to see you back at the lodge this summer for a little fishing action! I’ll send some more pictures in a couple months for I’m down under till April! Cheers Kaili”
Thanks Kaili and now a fall shot from the Outpost and a note from Caretaker Pete:
All is well on the western front. Recently The Outpost has been having some of the most consistent hail I have ever seen. For the past four days it comes for about ten minutes every couple of hours. However the temperature remains pleasantly mild. Along with the rain, there have been little rivers forming down the side of the ridge, only to disappear into the ground. Thanks Pete, that’s it for this week, send any comments and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and see you next Monday.