GET IT NOW!
Today a windy -17C temperature outside makes this a day to survive, not enjoy. Even our reliable little woodstove
is challenged. It seems a day to reflect on the stark reality of fishing in Nova Scotia, especially Atlantic salmon.
present state of affairs, with ineffective fisheries management, insanely inappropriate fishing regulations, decline of wild
fish populations, ocean and inland pollution, climate change, habitat loss or degradation, out-of-control predation, poor
forestry policies, harmful invasive species, and the devastating effects of aquaculture practices could simply not have been
foreseen in the “good ole’ days”. Even 1960’s prophets like Alvin Toffler, in his book Future Shock,
never imagined such events. Even if he had, who would have believed him?
few remaining Atlantic salmon biologists and managers are stuck in a quicksand of genetic paranoia, having been rendered useless
by policy, funding cuts, and lack of hatchery facilities, afraid to speak their minds about government fish farm policies
and trying to fend off the threat of public involvement by qualified volunteer groups, for example a proposed fish hatchery
at River Philip. DFO has ensured that everyone is effectively neutered, incapable of bearing any useful results.
quite familiar with fish, anglers know when things smell fishy. We’ve also spent enough time on the waters to have heard
countless fish stories, so we usually catch on when we’re being lied to. Why is it that DFO resists any move to improve
sport fisheries while approving improperly regulated aquaculture industry developments that are harmful to wild fish populations?
Both are economic generators. I leave it to you to answer these questions:
is more likely to be sustainable?
Which is clean, which pollutes?
Which is healthy, which is disease-prone?
in high concentrations of predators, such as seals and sea lice that devastate both wild and farmed populations?
subjects wild populations to the obvious genetic risk of massive farm escapements?
My nose tells
me that wild fish stocks may be viewed by DFO as an obstacle to aquaculture development, with aquaculture feeding the masses
in future. We’re already on that path, even though no one knows how we’ll feed farmed fish when the fish food
runs out. I also detect a bad smell from DFO’s mechanism for determining economic benefit. Can it be that DFO still
calculates economic benefit from tonnage value of fish landings? Does a wild fish have equal value to a farmed fish in the
bureaucracy known as DFO? Is this why DFO has never recognized the economic value or potential of sport fisheries? A five-year
old DFO study showed clearly that, for example, the Atlantic salmon sport fishery provided $2.5 million annually in economic
benefit to Nova Scotia’s Inverness County. Some readers may have received study documents this year, because, for some reason, DFO is repeating the study. One
might guess that they didn`t like the result first time around.
I remain optimistic about the future of sport fishing, but clearly, some big changes are needed. DFO in particular
needs a complete shakeup from top to bottom. But for now, my suggestion is: go fishing. What’s next? One thing I’m
sure of: more surprises! Janis Joplin had it right: get it while you can. After that, it’s too late.
a brighter note, our fly of the week is a baitfish imitation designed and tied by fly wizard Ray Buckland, used for browns
and rainbow in Bucky’s new home stream, Alberta’s Bow River.
White & Pink
Mustad 34011 stainless steel saltwater streamer hook, size 1
TyGer nylon coated micro-braided stainless steel leader
Gamakatsu Stinger (super sharp)
tied point up
Shrimp Pink Polar UV Chenille
White Finnish raccoon Zonker strip
Red hackle tips
Epoxy Pinky-Purple-Pearl Fish-Skull
Head and slip over eye of 34011
Epoxy 3-D eyes to Skull-Head
cuts the 34011 off at the end of the hook shank so that fish are hooked on the
It`s a fabulous looking creation, also reputed to be very effective for our striped bass!
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stay on the line …