Last night, we presented the Raincoast Education Society with a $35,000 donation to support their mission. We feel strongly about our role as a responsible and contributing member of the community and our environment. We choose to follow a model of restorative tourism that aims past the bottom-line profit motive and is based on community responsibility, environmental stewardship and carbon action.
Ol’ Sherry Anderson wasn’t known for her prowess with a fly rod. Despite the fact that she’d first tried her hand at fly fishing when she was still a freshman in high school, she often felt that she lacked the hand-eye coordination that seemed a fundamental necessity for mastery of the sport. After fifty years of practice her abilities were to be considered only passable, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.
Sherry liked to fish, in fact she downright loved it. She fly fished her way through summer camping trips with her dad who, God rest his soul, needed plenty of patience in those early years of teaching. The very first time her father gave her a lesson she succeeded in burying a size #6 Doc Spratley fly so deep into her forehead that her family had to immediately pack up their camp and drive three hours over dilapidated logging roads to the nearest hospital...
On March 10th, Ocean Outfitters hosted it's 3rd annual conservation speaker series where we bring inspiring people to the community to share their stories and images, to remind us what we have, but also what we have to lose.
Ian McAllister is a renowned conservationist and a photo journalist. He co-founded Pacific Wild along with his wife Karen. Pacific Wild is committed to defending wildlife and wildlife habitat on Canada’s Pacific Coast by developing and implementing conservation solutions in collaboration with First Nations communities, and scientists.
He has authored and co-authored ten books on the BC coast and is currently directing a large screen IMAX film on the Great Bear Rainforest. His images have appeared in publications around the world receiving numerous awards. He is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and the International League of Conservation Photographers. He and his wife, Karen, were named by Time magazine, "Leaders of the 21st Century" for their efforts to protect British Columbia's endangered rainforest.
Of course I’m taking about steelhead season, which peaks this month in advance of the spawn. These large, powerful ocean-run rainbow trout return to their natal rivers in prolific numbers during March. They provide exceptional sport on fly and light tackle, eager to take flies or lures with aggressive strikes and long, heart-stopping runs that will test both tackle and angler during the fight. We are fortunate to have some of Vancouver Island’s finest steelhead rivers here in Clayoquot Sound and, while they are not easy to access, they do offer an exceptional angling adventure for both resident and visiting anglers. My favourite combination for spring steelhead here in the Tofino area is...
Somebody mentioned to me once that in order to fully appreciate the West Coast you had to endure at least a few real winters here. Something about only getting a narrow view of the potential during the summer months. You haven’t met this place until it shakes you out of bed in the depths of winter man.
By real winter I’m sure they weren’t talking about the one we enjoyed in 2014/15 when we all had base tans by late January.
No, I’m sure they meant having to endure a winter like we’re in the midst of right now. Complete with it’s parade of freak storms, mud slides, blizzards and, in case you were getting complacent, a tsunami warning thrown in every now and then for good measure. If you’ve been fooled by the benevolent facade of more benign months not too worry, the West Coast has puffed up her chest and seems intent on showing us all what she’s really made of this year.