With the steelhead season in full swing, your chance of having the winning catch is rather big this weekend. This Sunday, January 20th, will be the second annual Fundraising Steelhead Derby in Chilliwack. The money raised will be donated to the Sportfishing Defence Alliance, which actively ensures that your sportfishing opportunities are preserved on the political field.

If you plan to attend and have not done so, please email organizer Rick Lewis. There will be a post-derby BBQ at 1:30pm, where awards and prizes will be presented. Frank Kwak from the Sportfishing Defence Alliance will also be on site to receive the donation raised. The BBQ is a potluck, so please check with Rick what food or drink items he still needs. There is an ongoing discussion about this derby in our discussion forum too if interested.

Event name: 2nd Annual Fundraising Steelhead Derby
Date: Sunday, January 20th, 2008
Derby cost: $25.00 (includes one draw prize ticket and Derby baseball hat)
Additional draw ticket cost: $5.00
Sign-up time and location: 6:00am – 7:00am at Reaction Fly and Tackle
Weigh-in, prizes, BBQ time and location: 1:30pm at Cedar Run (approximately 5 minute drive from the Tamahi Bridge)

Here is the prize list:

  • One Fenwick Canadian Methods centerpin rod with one Okuma Aventa VT 1000 centerpin reel 
  • One pair of Grizzly Creek neoprene waders (with boot attachment)
  • Two Fishing with Rod annual subscriptions
  • Two assorted river fishing terminal tackle packages
  • Two assorted spinner packages
  • One Daiwa spinning rod and reel combo
  • Five packages of spinners (8 in each pack –  2 red, 2 gold, 2 blue and 2 green)
  • Three sets of DNE balsa floats and float stoppers.
  • Stealth Fishing floats
  • Nine copies of “Knotty Girls – A fisherman’s guide to tying knots”
  • Pioneer Dryking 3 in 1 fishing vest/jacket
  • One high end centerpin blank and rod building labour cost of the blank
  • Six $25.00 service gift certificates to Express Reel Service (reel service,wader repair,felt sole replacement)
  • T-shirts

This event is always generously supported by local businesses:

Good luck on Sunday! Here are some photographs from last year’s derby.