5th NFFC Update 26

Ernie Kalwa e-mailed yesterday to say that Team Osprey is now complete.

Ian Troup sent the following, which I am pleased to pass on. Unfortunately, I was unable to access the Toronto Star web site after four attempts, so Ian very kindly sent me the text and I must say that it makes for some very interesting reading. As it’s quite long and involved I won’t post it here, but if you are unable to access the web site, just hit Reply to let me know and I’ll send it to you.

By the way, if you have never visited Ian Colin James’s web site you will find it at www3.sympatico.ca/ianjames. I consider it one of the most humorous, informative and entertaining sites out there, and visit it on a regular basis.

Bob Jones
PR Geezer

9 April 2007

Hi Bob - wondering if you can share the attached with the fly fishing community. Not sure if everyone saw the article in the Star this weekend.

This has nothing to do with the upcoming Fly Fishing Championships, but it has everything to do with someone who has been a relentless but somewhat reluctant conservationist, a fly fishing driving force here in Ontario for about 30 years and part of the Canadian Fly Fishing Team.

As you may know, Ian Colin James has been fighting the good fight to have Springbank dam removed here in London. Ian also started a local chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada to get the job done.

Those of you who know Ian, know that being Scottish he is singlemindedly-driven (I can say that as Troup is Scottish), on occasion stubborn and he has a hard time asking for help. This is one time when everyone can help him.

Take a look at the article which appeared in the Toronto Star this weekend, and please take the time to send in a letter to the editor. We all know how much work Ian has done to help raise conservation funds, by donating his time and "more than a few" boxes of flies to fly fishing clubs both in Canada and the USA. Over the past 3 years or so Ian has put in a lot of time and a good chunk of his own funds into this project. It may be a nice gesture for the Canadian fly fishing community to help him out. It would only take about 5-minutes of your time to send in a letter to the editor at the Toronto Star.

For the record, I sent in my letter to the editor on Sunday.

Ian Troup