Great Resources to check out before you hit the water:

2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis

The new 2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis and in-season regulation changes are available online. Printed copies have been distributed to licence vendors and Service BC offices throughout the province. Remember this synopsis is valid for both the 2017-2018 and the 2018-2019 licensing years, so please retain your copy for reference.


Freshwater Fishing E-Licence




The 2017 Fall LEH Draw is now complete.

Sign in to your Fish and Wildlife (FWID) profile at to view your results. In your Fish and Wildlife profile, under LEH Options, click on View LEH History. If the status of your application indicates Successful, click on the link under Application Type to confirm for which Hunt Code you have been authorized.

If you were successful you can view and print your LEH authorization from your profile under the LEH Authorizations link or at any Service BC or FrontCounter BC location.

Notice: LEH authorizations are no longer mailed to successful applicants. Hunters do not need to carry their authorization while hunting. If a hunter has won a shared moose or bison hunt authorization, they are required to carry the harvest report section of the LEH authorization while hunting.

If you were successful in the 2017 fall draw, you will receive a letter in the mail in the next few weeks, providing you with special instructions about your hunt.

Starting in 2018, successful applicants will be required to go online or visit a Service BC or FrontCounter BC office to view both their authorizations and the special instructions related to those authorizations.

For general information about Limited Entry Hunting in B.C., please refer to the 2017/2018 LEH Synopsis.


ATV/UTV Insurance

Although we list the following resources, RRGC does not endorse any insurance providers and requests that you investigate each carefully to ensure the one you choose suits your needs.

HUB International Insurance
- BCWF Form
- BCWF Information
- BCWF Insurance Options

Oasis Insurance
- Offers discount for BCWF members on ATV Insurance

Remember to indicate that you are a BCWF member and a member at Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club.

Associations & Other Clubs

National Firearms Association

Safari Club Canada

Canadian Shooting Sports Association

Abbotsford Fish & Game Club

Chilliwack Fish & Game Protective Association

Mission & District Rod & Gun Club

For more Clubs go to:


Possession and Acquisition License  (PAL)


The Vital Four ACTS of Firearm Safety:

Assume every firearm is loaded

Control the muzzle direction at all times

Trigger finger must be kept off the trigger and out of the trigger guard

See that the firearm is unloaded


PROVE it safe:

Point the firearm in the safest available direction

Remove all ammunition

Observe the chamber

Verify the feeding path

Examine the bore each time you pick up a firearm

BCWF Newsletters

The lastest news from the B.C. Wildlife Federation. A sure way to stay informed about what's happening with conservation in our province and the rest of the country.

You can read or download old and new issues here.

Firearms Laws Travel

Be Aware of Firearms Laws When Traveling

A Lesson from Vancouver International Airport

A report of a recent experience by a BCWF Member transporting firearms  through Vancouver International Airport on a hunting trip within B.C. provides useful information for those planning to transport firearms as part of their luggage.

The member reports that he and his son were transporting two rifles, correctly packed in an airline approved case along with a small package of ammunition, which Canada's firearms laws - and WestJet rules - permit. They had no trouble checking in with WestJet, however, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) screener to whom they later presented the rifle to asked whether they had ammunition in the case and, on being told yes,  refused to accept it, saying that ammunition may not be packed in the same case. This was an incorrect application of the rules, and ended up taking some time to correct.

The CATSA screener did not have a copy of the applicable regulations or any other source of information available on-hand, and declined to look the rule up or reconsider the decision that was made. Fortunately, a WestJet agent intervened and assured the CATSA screener that ammunition, as long as it is packed separately from the firearm, may be transported in the same case. The CATSA agent then agreed to confirm this with a supervisor by phone, and ultimately let the luggage proceed.    

The screener's confusion apparently stemmed from a policy that is applied by Air Canada to passengers travelling with firearms. The company's website indicates that unlike WestJet, Air Canada requires ammunition to be packed in a separate case. Air Canada also imposes a firearms handling charge of  $50 per item to process firearms, a charge that is over and above the normal baggage costs. Surprisingly, the Air Canada check-in rules specify that the traveller must not attach the trigger lock until after checking in, which would require opening the case and visibly handling the firearm in the airport, a step that could attract unfavourable attention from other travellers as well as the RCMP. 

The member intends to bring a copy of the airline firearms check in rules with him for ready reference on his next trip,  and has invited CATSA’s head office improve their staff training in Vancouver in this respect.  Fortunately, the members arrived early and did not experience any issues with the CATSA screeners in Prince George on their return trip.  

This story is a reminder for us all to be aware of the law surrounding transportation of firearms and the policies in place at specific airlines when travelling. To avoid a similar situation, it is a good idea to print out and carry a copy of your airline’s firearms policy (usually available on their website) with you to avoid any confusion.

The firearms rules for WestJet are available by clicking here:

The firearms rules for Air Canada are available by clicking here:



Off Road Vehicle Act Update

We are pleased to advise you that the Order-in-Council (OIC) have approved the November 1st mandatory registration and safety requirements under the ORV Act, along with some consequential amendments to other enactments; e.g., update to violation tickets.

Also note: the Motor Vehicle Act Regulation was also amended to allow the display of a registration plate or sticker issued under the ORV Act to be OK for incidental highway access. Please note that the word “plate” under the MVA includes “plastic stickers” for the purposes of the ORV Act stickers).

Off-road vehicle registration and safety provisions are mandatory on Crown land, effective November 1st, 2015. The new regulations will promote safe and responsible use of B.C.'s backcountry, and include provisions on number plate placement, rules for child operations and safety equipment requirements. Operating standards include:

  • Helmets: Helmets must be worn when operating an off-road vehicle (ORV). For standards of acceptable helmets see section 22 of the Off-Road Vehicle Regulation at (Off-Road Vehicle Act).
  • Seat belts: If a manufacturer has installed seat belts, then the seat belt must be worn during the operation of that vehicle.
  • Lights: ORVs must use lights during low visibility conditions when riding on Crown land 30 minutes after sunset or 30 minutes before sunrise. If lights are not installed by the manufacturer, temporary lights can be attached to the ORV. For details on light standards see section 24 of the Off-Road Vehicle Regulation.
  • Children: Children must be supervised when riding on Crown land and be riding an appropriate sized ORV as recommended by the manufacturer. For details, see sections 16-18 of the Off-Road Vehicle Regulation.

For more information, please visit the web sites listed below:

Updated October 15, 2015

News Release October 15, 2015 

Approved October 15, 2015

Updated October 15, 2015

Between November 17, 2014 and September 30, 2015, 35,505 ORVs have voluntarily registered under the ORV Act. 

ICBC has also confirmed the following participation rates by class of ORV:

  • 78% (27,550) all-terrain vehicles;
  • 12% (4, 357) snowmobiles;
  • 7% (2,392) off-road motorcycles; and
  • 3% (1,206) side-by-sides.

David Oliver, BCWF Access Chair

Fishing - Choosing Waders

Our friends at BC Fishn posted this great information for our "Rod" members.

Choosing the Correct Pair of Fishing Waders

A good pair of waders can be the difference between spending the day with boots full of mud or with dry toes. This article will offer answers to your questions about selecting the right waders to get the most out of your experience on the water.


Choosing The Right Type of Waders For You

There are several different wader designs available to anglers today, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the kind of fishing activity you are involved in or the type of water you fish most often in, you might prefer one over another. The most common types you will see in fly shops and tackle stores are hip waders, waist high waders or wading pants, and chest high waders.


Hip waders

Hip waders are typically the least expensive and most convenient type of wading system available. They are a dream for the casual fisherman who prefers to stay in shallower water and appreciates the convenience of having the boot and wader attached to one another. Basically, they are a pair of wading boots with a waterproof fabric upper section that reaches up to hip height, fastening to the belt. As long as you don’t need to wade very deep and aren’t relying on them for warmth, they are a great option.


Waist High Waders 

Waist high waders work like a pair of waterproof pants, only differing from chest waders in that the waterproof material does not reach above the waist. The main advantage is that they are easier to put on and remove and help you stay cooler on hot, sunny days. This style of wader is preferred by anglers who mostly fish during warmer months or in hot climates.


Chest High Waders

By far the most common style of waders, chest highs are the most versatile and best all-around choice if you don’t mind spending the money. They can certainly be used for shallow wading and in warmer weather, but they also allow for deeper wading and provide anglers with the added weather protection needed for fishing in colder climates



Understanding Modern Materials

Waders can be made of any waterproof material, from rubber to waxed canvas, but the most popular and common choices you will see are either neoprene or lightweight, breathable fabrics such as GoreTex. You may see other outdated materials on sale in discount bins or at thrift stores, but you are better off spending the money on more modern and durable materials.



Neoprene has been a top choice for wader materials since the 1970s and still has its following. Neoprene waders are lightweight, flexible, and – best of all – warm. For anglers who fish in cold weather, it’s hard to beat neoprene. They are also typically much less expensive than breathable waders. Neoprene comes in different thicknesses, from 2 mm up to 7 mm. The thicker the material, the warmer it will keep you. However, be aware that thicker neoprene is bulkier and less flexible. One disadvantage is that the material tends to degrade over time and become brittle, decreasing the useful life of the wader.


Breathable Fabrics

GoreTex, Toray, or other fabrics marketed as being waterproof and breathable are becoming the most popular option for fishing waders, and for good reason: they keep the water out while simultaneously allowing sweat and moisture to pass through. This attribute makes breathable waders extremely versatile. Like modern ski clothing, you can simply add or remove layers underneath to stay as warm or as cool as you like. You will often see breathable waders marketed in different thicknesses. However, with breathable waders, the thickness is measured in terms of layers and has more to do with the durability of the material than warmth. Five-layer Gore-Tex is thicker and more durable than three-layer, so it is important to take material thickness into account when selecting a pair of breathables. You will often see waders in this style with more layers on the lower legs and less layers on the chest since the lower portion of the wader is the most likely area subjected to wear and tear. It is also important to pay attention to the fabric itself, which is typically a heavy nylon. Higher end waders will be made of thick, heavy-duty nylon while cheap waders consist of paper-thin nylon that is prone to tearing.


Staying on Your Feet: a Quick Guide to Fishing Footwear

Waders can be sold with the boots attached, but, these days, it is more common to buy what are called “stockingfoot waders” and purchase a separate pair of wading boots to wear over them. The waders are waterproof by themselves, but the boots are necessary to protect your feet and provide traction in the river.


While comfort, fit, and support should all be considered when purchasing boots, one of the most important aspects to scrutinize is the sole material. Wading boots can feature felt soles, rubber lug soles, or either material with accompanying metal studs.


Felt Soles

Felt has been the standby material on wading boot soles for generations due to its exceptional ability to grip slippery, wet surfaces. This material performs amazingly in rivers where the bottom is sand, gravel, or

small- to medium-sized rocks and can be the best bet if there is a lot of slime or algae in the river. However, felt does have its disadvantages. It wears out quickly and has very little traction when walking on trails or muddy banks outside the river. Despite this, felt is still considered the best material for traction while wading and should be your first choice if you are concerned about your stability in the river.


Rubber Soles

In the last few years, more and more companies are manufacturing boots featuring Vibram rubber soles with aggressive tread patterns. While these soles do not provide quite the same traction on slippery rocks as felt, they offer the versatile advantage of being a far better sole for hiking and walking around outside the river. Rubber soles are a great option for anglers that like to roam or hike during their fishing day and are willing to sacrifice a bit of grip for a more durable and versatile sole. In addition, certain states, such as Alaska, have banned felt soles for environmental reasons, making rubber the most logical option for traveling anglers.


Studded Soles

Studs are small metal cleats or spikes that can either be sold already installed in a boot or bought separately and added to the sole later.

Studs increase the amount of traction the sole has on certain surfaces and, in general, will help anglers with their stability in the river. For deep rivers with strong currents or very slippery surfaces, studded soles are highly recommended.


Buying Based on Your Fishing Style 

Fishing stores often carry several different models of waders that may range in price from as low as $100 to as high as $800. With so many options to choose from, how do you pick the one that is best for you? The most important things to consider are the durability of the wader, amount of time you plan to spend on the water, and environment you will be fishing in.



A good pair of waders can last one angler a lifetime and another angler only a few years. It depends on how much you fish and what you are doing while out on the water. If you spend your time plowing through blackberry bushes, scrambling over boulders, hopping barbed wire fences, and straying far from the beaten path, then spending more on an expensive pair of breathable waders is probably worth the investment. However, if you only fish occasionally and prefer areas close to where you park your car, then durability will not be as much of a concern. Breathable waders are currently the most durable available on the market, and, in general, the more you spend, the more life you can expect to get out of the wader.



Waders will wear out and leak eventually – there is no way around it – but when that happens will vary widely based on the wader you buy and how much you fish. If you plan to fish over one hundred days a year, buy the best set of waders you can afford. On the other hand, if you only fish once a year or occasionally on weekends, then you might be better off saving the money and using it to hire a fishing guide or for buying bait!


Fishing Environment

When it comes to choosing the right style of waders, consider the places you like to fish. Do you fish in mostly small streams that you can hop across? Go with a pair of hip waders. Like to wade in medium-sized meadow streams and cow pastures in Montana during the summer? Waist highs will suit you just fine. Do you fish for winter steelhead on the massive rivers of British Columbia or on the Washington coast? Chest waders are your best bet. Or, maybe you like to do a little of all three. If that is the case, definitely go with a pair of chest waders. They offer the highest versatility and are the most popular choice among anglers today.


As a rule, it is smart to buy the best pair of waders you can afford.

Quality waders will last longer and perform better than low-end, discount bin products. Shop around and look at the different options. Think about where you are going, how you will spend your time there, and how often you will be fishing. Consider the environment and take into account your own wading style and ability. Thinking about all these things beforehand will help you choose the best wading system for you and, more importantly, keep you safe and comfortable on the water.


This article was contributed by a Guest Writer: CHARLIE ROBINTON

Charlie is a fly fishing addict, who teaches people to tie flies and fly fish, ties his own flies, and writes about all things fly fishing out of San Francisco. He caught his first trout at the age of 10 and has been hooked on the adventure and romance of fly fishing ever since.


The original article can be found here:

Ruger Pistol Recall

Ruger Issues Safety Warning and Recall Notice of Ruger Mark IV Pistols

Ruger recently discovered that all Mark IV™ pistols (including 22/45™ models) manufactured prior to June 1, 2017 have the potential to discharge unintentionally if the safety is not utilised correctly. In particular, if the trigger is pulled while the safety lever is midway between the "safe" and "fire" positions (that is, the safety is not fully engaged or fully disengaged), then the pistol may not fire when the trigger is pulled. However, if the trigger is released and the safety lever is then moved from the mid position to the "fire" position, the pistol may fire at that time.

Please see this link for more information 

Young Hunters

Jon from Outdoor Empire has shared his article about Young Hunters: When and How to Get Children Started,

This article will go over tips for getting kids hooked on hunting, starting from a very early age all the way to their first trips as licensed hunters. We are sure all members would be interested in preserving our hunting heritage and that's why this article will be useful for hunting seasons to come.

By starting the kids out in a right way they will hopefully join the ranks of passionate hunters and carry the tradition to one day pass it along to the next generation.

Fishing tactics

When the snow and temperatures start to fall some angler’s fishing season comes to an end, but for many others the hard water fishing seasons is just starting! For the full story, visit  at 

2018/2019 Fishing licenses

You can purchase a licence at Just remember to have your Angler Number handy, and select 2018/2019 as the year. Since 100% of freshwater licence revenue is invested back into recreational fisheries, buying your licence helps stock more than 800 lakes a year; fund research, conservation, and education programs; and improve angler access. 

 For more information on renewal and regulation updates go to:

Don’t have Internet access? Just visit your favourite fishing licence vendor or any Service BC office. 

Note: The Freshwater Fishing Licence does not include fishing in British Columbia’s coastal tidal waters (salt water). You will need to go to the website for the National Recreational Licensing System to renew your Tidal ‘Salt Water’ Fishing Licence at https://www‐ops2.pac.dfo‐‐sndpp/index‐eng.cfm

Limited Entry Hunting

Limited Entry Hunting (LEH)


To review the results of your application click here to sign in to the BC Hunting online service.  

Please note: The Special Mountain Sheep Resident Draw for 2019 hunt is not open for applications. This draw will open for applications in the summer of 2018. For more information, please see the 2018/2019 Limited Entry Hunting Synopsis.

About Limited Entry Hunting 

There are two types of hunting seasons available to licensed hunters in British Columbia: general open seasons (GOS) and limited entry hunting (LEH). General open seasons are open to all licensed hunters, and harvest is managed through season length, restrictions on class of animal and bag limits.

Limited entry hunting gives wildlife managers the ability to more closely control the number of hunters that can hunt a species, or class of species, in a specific area and during a specific time, and is generally in place when additional control, beyond what is feasible through a GOS, is required. The province has substantial hunting opportunities through both GOS and LEH, and the use of each system provides a balance of hunting opportunities in the best interest of the public and the resource. 

LEH draws are random. The previous year's odds are published beside each hunt to give an indication of the likelihood of a successful application, but this is not a guarantee of success.

Successful applicants have their chances reduced in subsequent draws in order to improve the chances of those who have been unsuccessful.

For further details about LEH in British Columbia:

GoFishBC - Catching Fish

GoFishBC News
Nymphing 101
Fly-fishing with nymphs is an effective method to catch fish, but it can also seem intimidating. Guest blogger Danie Erasmus shares his five tips to improve your nymphing success - just in time for the opening of river fisheries across many regions of our province.
Use Science to Catch More Fish
Anglers often assume that they are not catching fish because the fish aren't biting. In his blog post, Freshwater Fisheries Society's scientist Paul Askey dissects the research to help you improve your luck.
Buy your fishing licence now
Our 2018 Go Fish BC Photo Contest Has Begun!
The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC is now accepting entries for the 2018 Go Fish BC Photo Contest. Please read the rules and regulations before submitting your great fishing photos. Check out the winning photos from 2017 for inspiration.
Rainbow Trout and Steelhead Anglers Still Needed
If you haven't already responded, your participation is requested for an online survey investigating perceived threats to rainbow trout and steelhead fisheries in our province. The survey is funded by Genome Canada and Genome BC. Questions or concerns can be sent to Amanda Jeanson at

How to Fish Rivers

Tips & Techniques on How to Fish Rivers


Big, small, slow & fast! Rivers can be quite intimidating to those who don’t know how to fish them, but when you do you will never look at river the same! Let’s start off with a few tips on basic river fishing.

My first tip.

Scouting a river or stream is by looking at my surroundings, is it fishable? Can I fish it without getting caught up on my back cast? Can it be fished with a roll cast in those tight spots? Also ask yourself where are the holes I need to fish from these tight quarters and can it be done.

My second tip.

Water conditions; clarity, water temperatures, and water depth, this will give me a good idea on how I can start and where I can fish it best. With high water levels fishing the river and stream banks I find to be very successful with fish tending to push to the shoreline when water levels are rising. When the water levels are lower, I tend to lean towards pools, eddies, and riffles. These areas are great spots to focus on when the river is slow and low. Trout for instance love to hold in deeper areas which offer cover on the river banks or behind structure like dead trees or boulders. Finding these spots will offer all anglers a greater chance in hooking into some great fish.

My third tip.

Walking and wading; and if I’m alone how do I stay safe and not get myself in a pickle? Not being able to cross the river or coming back, or having troubles crossing the river in general things you should take into consideration. Knowing your river before you go fishing alone is key, staying safe especially when you fishing alone it’s very important and can mean life or death in certain situations while fishing rivers. So if you’re not familiar with a new river system bring a friend or just don’t wander off to far from your waypoint.

So now that I’ve covered my first 3 pointers, let’s kick this thing off strong and really get down to the fun stuff.

We all know that rivers hold fish that are big and small but how do we find out where they are? Like I mentioned in my second tip, we look for structure. Structure is key when fishing large or smaller rivers, fish like trout tend to use these areas to hold while either migrating up river or for feeding. Structure like boulders create swirls under the rivers service which shoots food in behind the boulder in a slower motion while the trout are facing up stream. This gives the trout the opportunity to feed while using minimal energy to create energy. Fishing these areas from behind the boulder or casting up stream to the boulder are great tactics for catch fish in structure.

So what times are best for fishing, morning, afternoon, or night? This can be a grey area depending on the water temperatures. Early morning can offer some great fishing in certain areas of the Province if not all, a lot of bugs come off the morning and can be very rewarding for the fly anglers when using dry flies. The Afternoon depending on the weather, can be a bit slower. If the temperatures are high, this will slow down the fish from eating and if you’re a fly angler like I am, this is when I start to nymph the river while going down deep. The evening will offer anglers yet another hatch! The fish will go ramped and the surface action could be remarkable. This is why I love fly fishing, it’s the anticipation of what’s next or what’s around the next corner; and will I get my best catch yet?

River systems hold a great amount of bug life. The entomology of the sport and understanding it is going to be critical for any fly angler or fisherman. Knowing this part with improve your success as a fly angler and offer greater respect to the sport. It also offers the opportunity to teach to others.

Nymphs, dry flies, streamers are great options and are very important for every angler. I first started to understand bug life after 6 years already in the sport and by self-educating by researching online, watching YouTube videos, going to fly fishing seminars, and also signing up for fly tying courses as a young child at my local fly shop. This gave me a great introduction which I have evolved from immensely after 20 years as a fly angler.

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