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Skeena River Lottery? Are Guides Ruining Access for the Do-It-Yourself FFer?

 The Skeena is essential and one of the last remaining, road-accessible strongholds of truly authentic steelhead culture. After all the camera crews pack up and leave and take their boxes of Green Drakes back to Bozeangeles, it’s our hope there will continue to be campfires burning the midnight soul somewhere within that valley, ringed with a few quiet real steelheaders you’ve never heard of and never will, who’ve managed to set up their lives for a few weeks off in fall, to gather somewhere special and experience a magic extremely personal. It’s that kind of place.

I, we, urge you to literally take 10 seconds out of your busy day, click here to quickly learn more and sign the petition against this. Not only does it affect anyone who’s ever dreamed of an unguided Do-It-Yourself trip to Skeena Country, imagine the sustainable tourism dollars the entire Skeena Valley could lose at the expense of a few selfish Smithers guides who just want a little more room for their clients. Newsflash, dickhead guides: Tough economies always lead to an increase in poaching.


I have not had the luxury for many guided trips (maybe a half dozen). I have enjoyed them all and will do it again…more out of friendship than as a client…but, the essence of all this escapism, for me, is to do it alone or at least mentally alone and the freedom. Friendships and grab ass are fine, but at least for me, there is a solitary component, a singular connection, I crave.

Update: I post this comment from bacon-to-fry, who raises some good points even if he is a self-admitted dick…he has some key points. I would only ask that those that use this typical ecobot enviro argument, provide examples and documentation in the Western Hemisphere (and no not South America or Mexico) of these extraction company abuses. I am not quick to promote any heavy industry near pristine headwaters (excepting AMWR..fucking drill), but we do not argue our cases convincingly with ‘coulds, mights, maybes, perhaps, potentially’ hand wringing. How about a solid critique of Highland Valley Copper Mine in BC. Someone dish out what a catastrophie that operation has been (if it has?). Where should mineral extraction ops be, once they are removed from all watersheds? I assume they should be permanently outlawed?

Any way, because bacon-to-fry fishes my home waters that I want preserved, I am going to lend him an ear, even if he is wound a bit tight (and, yes, I am looking for that time machine and don’t fuck with me once I’m in it!). Actually, bacon could use a little alone time, now and then. Just teasing bacon. He made me consider beyond the end of my swinging hook.

 bacon_to_fry Says:
November 24th, 2008 at 10:55 am

happy to explain.

1. advocacy: wild, native steelhead and salmon need all the friends they can get, and by limiting the amount of fishermen from the americas and europe that make a real physical and emotional, experience-based connection to the valley, i.e. potential advocates, we all lose. much peer-reviewed science is supported through private donation now (case in point, the US-based Wild Salmon Center’s increasing presence in Canada’s Skeena Country, where they believe they’ve got a real chance of saving what’s left of the last, great anadromous fisheries regardless of what country that fishery might be in.) and without advocates ponying up for science that influences policy, no science that might help here gets done there. or in kamchatka, where things haven’t gone completely to shit. or anywhere, including BC. these fish run the gamut, headwaters to the estuaries to the sea, and their presence have long been an indicating factor of riverine health. despite false boundaries, biology thankfully, remains global.

so hell yes, come fish the sandy and clackamas with me. check out how badass it is to hook bigass wild steelhead within 20 minutes of your front door and when the time comes, help me fight for my local waters now not with blind knowledge, but with a clear picture in your head of what we could lose. guarantee you’ll fight with a lot more passion and conviction. easy as that.

2. economy: canaduh, mid-to-north BC in specific, relies on resource extraction for a lotta their cash, so if sustainable dollars are taken away from town like smithers, terrace, hazelton’s local economies, etc, what local’s gonna put up fight next time some giant boom and bust company comes around and wants to fuck up their woods or drinking water? in this case, the rules benefit a few guides, NOT the residents of the area.

without fish bringing fishermen to these places, locals get hungry and these extraction companies promise jobs (albeit ones that could irreparably damage the environment and quality of life). on the other hand, if us dumb americans keep coming north and blowing cash on food (restaurants, delis, groceries), beer, petro, lodging and campgrounds, guides, gear, boat repair, shuttles/helidrops, these towns (and those on the main highway arteries running south to north) see a seasonal infusion of capital they’ve learned to count on each year. cash that doesn’t cost them their environment and makes it far more possible for them to stand up and defend themselves when those boom/bust companies come knocking.

above all, as i’ve said above, when times get tough, poaching increases. the poaching of a pretty finite resource.

regardless of which side of the border i sit on, these fish swim in a common ocean and evolved from california to kodiak island long before some cartographer scratched out the 49th parallel. in a day where we can’t deny the globalization of business and now have to accept responsibility for our actions on a world financial level, why do we stop there? in this case, fish are business and if it’s all about money (and make no mistake, it is), then why shouldn’t i have an opinion here about what happens there?

i’ll stop now because i’m starting to sound like a dick, but ‘cmon nick. this kind of shit’s so much bigger than you or i or anyone’s desire to fish alone. want solitude? get a time machine.


Protect The Skeena R.! ANWR BS! Eco Balance Please

I have nipped a link (via to alert re gas exploration near the ‘Sacred Headwaters of the Nass, Skeena and Stikine (Rivers)…..



I am going to ask this, knowing some places are obviously sacred and of a fragile nature: but is there anyplace ok to drill, explore, mine? Is everything going to be ‘sacred’? Is a corporation always going to be described as ‘big’ therefore bad? I just do not hear a balance to any discussion re energy exploration. Just wondering if we are so lockstep re Pebble Mine and other truly ‘sacred’ sites, that we are going to always resist reasonable development. It seems quite the chic thing to resist all development. Just hope we are intelligently selective on the battles to fight and win. Intelligent environmentalism v. Alarmist Warmist/Ecobots and associated ilk. The mights, coulds, mays, at risks, possibly rhetoric is so risk avoidant and alarmist. I know that is part of risk management and avoiding harm. Good. But, it is also part of the new speak that has us fearful of our shadows. Somewhere, mature discussions on these issues has to emerge. Can you bring yourself to say, oh my, we should open up part of ANWR and drill?!? (The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is a National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Alaska. It consists of 19,049,236 acres) 19 Million acres….is this also really???? so sacred in its entirety that not one part can be drilled? When are you headed to ANWR? Hmmmm?  19 MILLION ACRES!!!!! and not one acceptable area to drill?  Look at the acreage below of National Parks (to be protected for sure) and how vast they are and then think….no where to drill in 19 MILLION acres?          



The National Park System

Source: Department of the Interior, National Park Service.

The National Park System of the United States is run by the National Park Service, a bureau of the Department of the Interior. Yellowstone, which was opened in 1872, was the first national park in the world. The system includes not only the most extraordinary and spectacular scenic exhibits in the United States, but also a large number of sites distinguished either for their historic importance, prehistoric importance, or scientific interest, or for their superior recreational assets. The National Park System is made up of 376 areas covering more than 83 million acres in every state except Delaware. It also includes areas in the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Here is a list of some of the National Park System’s sites. See also the excellent Web site of the Park Service:

Note: n.a. means “not available.”


Name, location, and year authorized Acreage Outstanding characteristics
Acadia (Maine), 1919 46,998.43 Rugged seashore on Mt. Desert Island and adjacent mainland
Arches (Utah), 1971 73,378.98 Unusual stone arches, windows, pedestals caused by erosion
Badlands (S.D.), 1978 242,755.94 Arid land of fossils, prairie, bison, deer, bighorn, antelope
Big Bend (Tex.), 1935 801,163.21 Mountains and desert bordering the Rio Grande
Biscayne (Fla.), 1980 172,924.07 Aquatic and coral reef park south of Miami; was a national monument, 1968–1980
Bryce Canyon (Utah), 1924 35,835.08 Area of grotesque, brilliantly colored eroded rocks
Canyonlands (Utah), 1964 337,570.43 Colorful wilderness with impressive red-rock canyons, spires, arches
Capitol Reef (Utah), 1971 241,904.26 Highly colored sedimentary rock formations in high, narrow gorges
Carlsbad Caverns (N.M.), 1930 46,766.45 The world’s largest known caves
Channel Islands (Calif.), 1980 249,353.77 Area is rich in marine mammals, sea birds, endangered species, and archeology
Crater Lake (Ore.), 1902 183,224.05 Deep blue lake in heart of inactive volcano
Death Valley (Calif.-Nev.), 1994 3,367,627.68 Largest desert, surrounded by high mountains, containing the lowest point in the Western hemisphere
Denali (Alaska), 1917 4,741,800.00 Mt. McKinley National Park was renamed and enlarged by Act of Dec. 2, 1980. Contains Mt. McKinley, N. America’s highest mountain (20,320 ft.)
Dry Tortugas (Fla.), 1992 64,700.00 Formerly Ft. Jefferson National Monument. Located 70 miles off Key West. Features an underwater nature trail
Everglades (Fla.), 1934 1,507,850.00 Subtropical area with abundant bird and animal life
Gates of the Arctic (Alaska), 1980 7,523,898.00 Diverse north central wilderness contains part of Brooks Range
Glacier (Mont.), 1910 1,013,572.42 Rocky Mountain scenery with many glaciers and lakes
Glacier Bay (Alaska), 1980 3,224,794.00 Park was a national monument 1925–1980; popular for wildlife, whale-watching, glacier-calving, and scenery
Grand Canyon (Ariz.), 1919 1,217,158.32 Mile-deep gorge, 4 to 18 miles wide, 217 miles long
Grand Teton (Wyo.), 1929 309,994.72 Picturesque range of high mountain peaks
Great Basin (Nev.), 1986 77,180.00 Exceptional scenic, biologic, and geologic attractions
Great Smoky Mts. (N.C.-Tenn), 1926 521,621.00 Highest mountain range east of Black Hills; luxuriant plant life
Guadalupe Mountains (Tex.), 1966 86,415.97 Contains highest point in Texas: Guadalupe Peak (8,751 ft.)
Haleakala (Hawaii), 1960 28,091.14 World-famous 10,023-ft. Haleakala volcano (dormant)
Hawaii Volcanoes (Hawaii), 1916 209,695.38 Spectacular volcanic area; luxuriant vegetation at lower levels
Hot Springs (Ark.), 1921 5,549.46 47 mineral hot springs said to have therapeutic value
Isle Royale (Mich.), 1931 571,790.11 Largest wilderness island in Lake Superior; moose, wolves, lakes
Joshua Tree (Calif.), 1936 792,749.87 Desert region featuring Joshua trees and a great variety of plants and animals.
Katmai (Alaska), 1980 3,674,540.87 Expansion may assist in brown bear’s preservation. Park was national monument 1918–1980; is known for fishing, 1912 volcano eruption, bears
Kenai Fjords (Alaska), 1980 670,642.79 Mountain goats, marine mammals, birdlife are features at this seacoast park near Seward
Kings Canyon (Calif.), 1940 461,901.20 Huge canyons; high mountains; giant sequoias
Kobuk Valley (Alaska), 1980 1,750,736.86 Native culture and anthropology center around the broad Kobuk River in northwest Alaska
Lake Clark (Alaska), 1980 2,636,839.00 Park provides scenic and wilderness recreation across Cook Inlet from Anchorage
Lassen Volcanic (Calif.), 1916 106,372.36 Exhibits of impressive volcanic phenomena
Mammoth Cave (Ky.), 1926 52,830.19 Vast limestone labyrinth with underground river
Mesa Verde (Colo.), 1906 52,121.93 Best-preserved prehistoric cliff dwellings in United States
Mount Rainier (Wash.), 1899 235,612.50 Single-peak glacial system; dense forests, flowered meadows
National Park of American Samoa, (American Samoa) 1988 9,000.00 Two rain forest preserves and a coral reef on the island of Ofu are home to unique tropical animals. The park also includes several thousand acres on the islands of Tutuila and Ta’u
North Cascades (Wash.), 1968 504,780.94 Roadless Alpine landscape; jagged peaks; mountain lakes; glaciers
Olympic (Wash.), 1938 922,651.01 Finest Pacific Northwest temperate rain forest; scenic mountain park
Petrified Forest (Ariz.), 1962 93,532.57 Extensive natural exhibit of petrified wood
Redwood (Calif.), 1968 110,232.40 Coastal redwood forests; contains world’s tallest known tree (369.2 ft.)
Rocky Mountain (Colo.), 1915 265,727.15 Section of the Rocky Mountains; 107 named peaks over 10,000 ft.
Saguaro (Ariz.), 1994 91,452.95 Giant saguaro cacti, unique to the Sonoran Desert, sometimes reach a height of 50 ft. in this cactus forest
Sequoia (Calif.), 1890 402,482.38 Giant sequoias; magnificent High Sierra scenery, including Mt. Whitney
Shenandoah (Va.), 1926 197,388.98 Tree-covered mountains; scenic Skyline Drive
Theodore Roosevelt (N.D.), 1978 70,446.89 Scenic valley of Little Missouri River; T.R. Ranch; wildlife
Virgin Islands (U.S. V.I.), 1956 14,688.87 Beaches; lush hills; prehistoric Carib Indian relics
Voyageurs (Minn.), 1971 218,035.33 Wildlife, canoeing, fishing, and hiking
Wind Cave (S.D.), 1903 28,295.03 Limestone caverns in Black Hills; buffalo herd
Wrangell-St. Elias (Alaska), 1980 8,323,617.68 Largest Park System area has abundant wildlife, second highest peak in U.S. (Mt. St. Elias); adjoins Canadian park
Yellowstone (Wyo.-Mont.-Idaho), 1872 2,219,790.71 World’s greatest geyser area; abundant falls, wildlife, and canyons
Yosemite (Calif.), 1890 761,236.20 Mountains; inspiring gorges and waterfalls; giant sequoias
Zion (Utah), 1919 146,597.61 Multicolored gorge in heart of southern Utah desert

19,000,000 Acres in ANWR and no where to drill??? Oh yes, diverse plants, stressed Porcupine Carabou, only so much oil to last so long….whatever go get it…..yes, whatever, convenient scientific studies, and the usual mights and coulds. Drill on the <10,000 acres (hugely overestimated) and yes, let the infrastructure be built. OK, enough about ANWR. 

To a much more realistic area to protect and preserve for many more reasons than several thousand acres of ANWR, the Skeena River drainages and the nearby towns, people, livelihoods and greater degree of impacted wildlife species: (provides the link to Royal Dutch Shell’s exploits)


‘Royal Dutch Shell, the world’s second largest corporation, wants to exploit the Sacred Headwaters of the Nass, Skeena and Stikine basin for coalbed methane gas.

Please click here to send an instant e-mail to Royal Dutch Shell and Premier Gordon Campbell opposing this. For more information please go to the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition.

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