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Past, Present and Future. BCFFF - Beginnings. 1972 - The idea was hatched - Bill Yonge & Rex Schofield (Totem FF); John Bokstrom & Ken Ruddick (Dogwood FF); Granville Airton & Pete Caverhill (Osprey FF of BC) 1973 - Actually began (incorporated under Societies Act in 1979)

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Past, Present and Future


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BCFFF - Beginnings

  • 1972 -The idea was hatched - Bill Yonge & Rex Schofield (Totem FF); John Bokstrom & Ken Ruddick (Dogwood FF); Granville Airton & Pete Caverhill (Osprey FF of BC)

  • 1973 -Actually began (incorporated under Societies Act in 1979)

  • 2003 - 30 year Anniversary

Bill Yonge – Coquihalla R.- ’70s

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BCFFF – Reasons for Being

  • Fisheries conservation/Quality angling

    (we attend to issues related to these)

  • Formation of new fly fishing clubs

    (we assist)

  • BC’s rich fly fishing heritage

    (we collect, preserve, display and promote. “Knowing where we’ve been gives a clearer path into the future”.)

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Good healthy fish, caught in a challenging way

“BCFFF – Quality Angling & Quality Angling Waters In BC- 2003” – available website

Angling in pleasing, un-crowded places

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BCFFF - Membership

  • 600 to 700 members (2007/08)

  • Several member “classes” ( club; direct; lifetime; honorary; supporting)

  • Club member 95%/ Direct member 5%

  • Annual Dues: Club Member ($15/club and $10/member); Direct Member ($20)

  • Other classes = no cost

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BCFFF – Member Clubs

  • 17 clubs (2008) = # member clubs increasing

  • Spread throughout the province

% of Total Membership

Coast/Lower Mainland -21%

Vancouver Island - 46%

Okanagan - 18%

Kamloops - 14%

Other - 1%

With this geographic spread the angling and issue interests of the membership are extremely varied !!

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People

Who...

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Who will look after all of the things that need to be done?

Who will run the show?

Who will attend the important meetings?

Who will represent the membership?

Who will speak out for the fish?

Who will be concerned about the places where fish live? Who will ensure the future of all the beautiful places?

Who will clean up after the less caring? Who will build the habitat?

Who will write the letters and take the notes and produce the newsletters?

Who will run the meetings?

Who will negotiate access to our waters?

Who will make the coffee?

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BCFFF - Structure

Committees - 8

Direct Members

Clubs

Executive – Pres./VP #1; VP #2, Sec’y; Treas. ; Membership --Plus 6 Directors

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BCFFF –Membership Benefits

  • Affordable liability insurance

  • Affordable membership

  • Advocacy on behalf of members and BC fly anglers in general

  • Access to BCFFF “Gilly Fund” for projects

  • Newsletter (4X/yr) and website

  • Assistance with club formation

  • Assistance with local issues

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BCFFF –Membership Benefits(cont’d)

  • But…. Perhaps the most important “benefit” is ….membership in BCFFF provides you with an established, credible and structured avenue to work on behalf of the resource, upon which so much of your life’s enjoyment is founded!!!

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The BCFFF Gilly Book Project

  • Alf Davy conceived project in 1985

  • 12 volunteer authors and an artist

  • Canadian best seller many times over (between 1985 and present)

  • 11 printings (was the last; now out of print)

  • Proceeds and royalties over the years have created the “Gilly Fund” (now over $130,000)

“The Gilly” – trade and LE versions

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BCFFF Funded Habitat/Education Projects 2004 to 2007

Gilly Fund

  • Penticton Fly Fishers - $10K (Penticton Crk)

  • Lonely Loons Fly Fishers Club - $3.5K (Spring Lake aerator)

  • Island Waters Fly Fishers Society - $1K ( Jingle Pot Marsh viewing platform)

  • Upper Squamish R. bank stabilization - $5K (’07)

    BCFFF Operations

  • Mid Island Castaways Fly Fishing Club - $4K ( Fanny Bay- habitat work on Wilfred Crk.)

  • Nicola Watershed Community Roundtable - $1K ( WUMP for Nicola/Coldwater (Thompson steelhead recovery)

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BCFFF Operations (cont’d)

  • Youth fly fishing camp (Sooke) - $1.5K

  • Jack Shaw diary project - $2.4K

  • Kamloops City Museum - $1.5K (fly fishing history exhibit)

  • Hatchery Forum (BCIT, Bby) – $.5K (with BCFDF and others)

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BCFFF – Club Projects(funded by the Gilly Fund)

We aren’t very good at getting pictures from the various projects!?

It’s definitely a work in progress.

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BCFFF - Communications

  • Newsletter – “Fly Lines” (4/yr)

  • Website – www.bcfff.bc.ca

  • BCFFF “Club Contacts”

  • Annual AGM (changes locations)

  • Considering how the internet can play an effective role for BCFFF???? (BCFFF now a ‘player’ on fly.bc = 2008)

    (communications are a constant Challenge!)

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BCFFF – Fisheries “Issues”

Skagit R. – Lower 10 Km saved!

From looking like…

Present Ross Reservoirdrawdown

“They are in our hands”

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“Issues” – what are issues??

Issues are those pesky items that keep coming up and interfering with our fishing. They are events and developments that put our personal and BCFFF core values at risk. They threaten what we love to do. They therefore need to be attended to.

Issues are always there, they always seem to get more complicated and they will never go away, no matter how hard we work on them (behind the present issue is another, then another and another and so on)..

Issues are probably the most important thing that BCFFF does as an organization that is concerned with quality angling waters, quality fish and access to waters that deeply interest fly anglers.

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Those BCFFF members and clubs that work on issues are truly the unsung heroes of our organization. Their work is often tedious, frustrating, time consuming and stressful.

In today’s world, issue work usually means sitting on planning and advisory committees established by government.

However -------- this is probably the best way to express the concerns and positions of BCFFF and to ultimately influence the decisions of government.

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Past

Skagit flooding

Kemano II

Quinsam coal

Stein & Dean logging

Hat Creek

Skeena SH kill fishery

Rec site closures

Stewardship panel review

Recent

AG/Classified waters/Quality waters

Thompson SH recov

GGB SH recovery (SCSC)

Declining angler participation

SH Stream Classification

Prov hatchery program/quality small lake fisheries

Cheakamus R. toxic spill

BCFFF Issue Involvement

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Fighting..

Overharvest

Pollution

Habitat Loss

The good fight !!

Apathy

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Issues – Yes… but

You gotta get out a bit more!!!

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Where are the “warriors”??

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The challenge of finding people to take on BCFFF ‘jobs’

  • Our geographic distribution of membership works against finding volunteers (Interior = happy; Coast = unhappy = all the issues)

  • Our ‘club’ structure (90% club members; 10% direct members) also works against finding volunteers (our 17 member clubs are involved with their own things, therefore little time for BCFFF)

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BCFFF – Age Matters

Hey Kid! Good to see you out here. Why don’t you get your friends to join you?

The problem of declining angler participation

and

youth involvement in angling!!

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Typical BCFFF Gathering

Where will our future come from???

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BCFFF Booth at the 2004 and 2005 Western Canadian Fly Fishing Show – Lower Mainland, BC

“Tie a Fly – Catch a Kid”

Danie Erasmus –BCFFF Education Director, presents a special certificate to a young tier for her “Wooley Bugger”

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BCFFF/Superfly – Tradex 2008

The older guard and the new-bring on the young !!

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Earle Anderson – Harrison River

William Nation

Tommy Brayshaw

BCFFF

BC’s FlyFishingHistory

Bill Cunliff

Rod Haig-Brown

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Bill Cunliffe Fly Box

(1930’s)

Cliff Welch built cane Fly Rod

(1940’s)

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BCFFF – “Publications”

  • Vancouver Island’s Fly Fishing Heritage

    (A.Lingren – May 2004)

  • Quality Angling and Quality Angling Waters in BC (2003)

  • A History of BCFFF (A.Lingren 2003)

  • Angling Ethics Brochure

  • Guidelines on How to Establish a Fly Fishing Club

  • Angling Closures on Wild Steelhead Streams (BCFFF Position Paper – Sept. 2004)

  • Hatchery Culture of Steelhead & Trout in BC (BCFFF Draft Position Paper – Sept. 2004)

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Kamloops City Museum – BCFFF Fly Fishing History Section

Spring 2008 – Display Opens

Location of Fly Fishing

Gallery in model

Gary Cutler photos

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BCFFF – Future (What about it??)

  • Convince volunteers to work for the cause

  • Join forces with others

  • Work on youth involvement

  • Find efficient & effective ways to provide our concerns to government

  • Find ways to better ensure internal stability (extinction always lurks in the shadows)

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THE END THANK YOU!

Upstream dry flies in storm water

The Future of Fishing ---- hopefully Not!!!

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BC Federation of Fly Fishers

Website

www.bcfff.bc.ca

Look for a revamped website this spring - 2008

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