Fisheries Broadcast to Air Symposium Details

30 05 2011
Fisheries Broadcast

On CBC Radio


Keep your radio tuned in and your ears open to the Fisheries Broadcast TONIGHT MONDAY MAY 30th 2011 as Town of Hawke’s Bay Mayor Lloyd Bennett is interviewed regarding the story of the Torrent River and all the details for the Salmon Symposium!

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A Tribute to Rufus Guinchard

24 05 2011

Perhaps nothing would have been more entertaining than to hear the lively fiddle jigs or watch the mischevious, jovial grin that doned Rufus Guinchard’s face as he played at the evening dances in Daniels Harbour, Newfoundland.

June 24th 2011 the Torrent River Salmon Symposium will host an evening of entertainment as a tribute to the man and his music. Come out for an evening of fun and entertainment to begin the weekend! You won’t want to miss special guests such as Fiddlers Group of French Shore Academy, Anita Best and Daniel Payne.

Tickets are available for purchase now – $10.00 each. To reserve call Ashley Baker at (709) 248-4066!

No doubt “Uncle Manuel will milk the cow” that night!

Rufus Guinchard

A Tribute to Rufus Guinchard

Schedule of Events for Salmon Symposium

20 05 2011

You’ve been waiting for it and it’s finally here – the schedule of events for the Salmon Symposium! Take note of the Tribute to Rufus Guinchard and the Fly Fishing Delight: Salmon Dinner – these are two of our major events that you will not want to miss. Check back for more details to come!

Symposium Hosts International Speaker – Kate Blubaugh

17 05 2011

The Salmon Symposium is the place to be for women fly fishers. The river may once have been known as the man’s territory but not any longer! Kate, an internationally known woman fly fisher, offers a new perspective on fly fishing to women who want to tell the story of the big catch. You can read her bio on her personal website listed below or read a little of what she’s doing in Newfoundland this summer at Tuckamore Lodge.

Bio of Kate Blubaugh
“Kate Blubaugh from Reno, Nevada, USA, is an enthusiastic fly angler and an accomplished caster. In the last six years, Kate Blubaugh has and continues to be a participant at sport shows in the States and you can find Kate in Europe demonstrating and teaching fly-casting to the public at several sport shows”.

Kate Blubaugh

Womens Week at Tuckamore Lodge
“Take advantage of exceptional fishing and a unique wilderness experience that will surely be a dream of a lifetime. Grab your rod and a friend and head out to beautiful Tuckamore Lodge in Newfoundland, Canada. Learn how to cast a fly line, tie on a salmon fly and catch your first ever Atlantic Salmon”.

Interview with Kate
To get a preview of Kate’s thoughts check out this interview of her thoughts and experiences on a river in Norway.

Symposium Hosts International Speaker – Hans van Klinken

17 05 2011

The Salmon Symposium will host international speakers, one of which is Hans van Klinken. To learn more about Hans you can read his bio on the link below or to learn more about Hans interest in Newfoundland check out his article entitled: “Why Atlantic Canada and Why Newfoundland?”

Bio of Hans van Klinken
“Hans van Klinken lives in Harskamp, a little village in the center of Holland. He is a veteran instructor and teacher for the Dutch army. Hans began bait angling at the age of six in a nearby lowland brook. Seven years later, during a family holiday in Norway and while using a spoon, came his first salmon (9 kg). In 1971 he began fly-fishing for Arctic char and Atlantic salmon using his father’s cane rod and by age sixteen he was travelling alone to fish in Scandinavia“.

Hans van Klinken

Why Atlantic Canada and Why Newfoundland?
“The answer is quite simple. I wanted to study and discover the crucial similarities of an Atlantic salmon taking (dry) flies in Norway as opposed to Atlantic Canada. My ultimare goal was to find out why a salmon takes a dry fly aggressively in certain rivers and yet refuses to come to the surface in other streams” (Hans van Klinken).

Exciting Details regarding Salmon Symposium COMING SOON!

16 05 2011

It’s been a busy week ironing out the details of the Salmon Symposium. Much to plan, much to prepare for and it’s truly been an exciting time! With only 41 days to go the excitement around the office is building! In fact, we’re having a hard time keeping it to ourselves! Check your mailboxes and keep up to date with our website and Facebook page for details coming very soon!

Torrent River Salmon Symposium – Press Release

13 05 2011

The Town of Hawkes Bay in conjunction with its operating partner, the Torrent River Salmon Interpretation Centre, are pleased to announce the first of its kind Salmon Symposium scheduled for June 24 – 26, 2011, at the Salmon Interpretation Centre in Hawkes Bay. The Torrent River Salmon Interpretation Centre tells the story of the province’s most successful Atlantic salmon restocking story and promotes environmental stewardship. Lloyd Bennett, Mayor of the Town of Hawkes Bay noted, “The people of Hawkes Bay and region have worked hard over the past 36 years to restore and protect the natural assets of the Torrent River. Working with various government agencies and departments the Town and local residents not only restored the river but moreover, have successfully developed a park, salmon interpretation centre, boardwalk and fishway that are excellent examples of sustainable resource management and community engagement. As Mayor, I invite visitors to visit the Torrent River and see what a small town can achieve when people work together to preserve and protect their environment.”

Salmon Symposium events are open to the public and highlights include a musical tribute to Rufus Guinchard featuring Daniel Payne, Anita Best and the local high school’s fiddling group. Guided tours of the interpretation centre and fishway will be available to symposium participants. In addition, other activities will include interactive salmon releases; fly tying workshops; casting clinics; guided hikes through protected wetland areas with the Dept of Environment and Conservation – Wildlife Division; “Big Catch” fishing contest with the chance to win a SAGE fly rod; kids activities; campfires; salmon dinners; traditional kitchen parties and much, much more. While, the wide array of events and activities will largely take place in and around the centre the venue however, for evening festivities will be the Torrent River Inn, Hawkes Bay. “Come visit where the waters still stir.”

“We have been open for 5 summers and after a lot of hard work, we are ready to showcase the site to new visitors, past visitors along with experts in sustainable resource management” states Regina Rumbolt, Site Manager.  “We planned this event to be a weekend delight with high quality fly tying, fly fishing, learning activities and international guest speakers. Several partners have come onboard to help make the weekend a success” Partnering agencies include the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Department of Environment and Conservation, Department of Tourism, Cultural & Recreation, the St. Barbe Development Association and RED Ochre Regional Board. Sponsors include Nalcor Energy, Atlantic Salmon Federation, Tuckamore Lodge, Sage, Bell Wines and Spirits, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Department of Innovation Trade and Rural Development and others.

Guest Speakers include:
• Hans van Klinken, International Fly Tier, Author, Journalist and Conversationalist
• Kate Blubaugh, Goodwill Ambassador to the International Women Fly Fishers
• Don Hustins – Newfoundland Author, River of Dreams
• Bill Maynard – Hear the story from a local fly fisherman that invested personally to save the Torrent River

For more information, please contact Regina Rumbolt at the following:
Phone: 709 248 4066
Facebook: Torrent River Salmon Interpretation Centre and Nature Park
Twitter: TorrentRiver