First salmon for 2013

Today at the Sackville River fishway we had our first Atlantic salmon for the year come through our trap. It was a 30 inch long and 10.7 pound male. The water temperature was 17 degrees Celsius.

Only a percentage of the fish heading up the river make it into our fishway counter – the percentage going up and down depends on the flow of water available for the fish to transverse the falls at the fishway rather than going up the fishway itself.

For the past several weeks the fishway has been full of gaspereau and white suckers, but with the sun out today the trap was full of gaspereau and suckers, and one male salmon eager to head upstream.


Flies and Lies

Flies & Lies was started in 1995 with the objective being to get the anglers/fly tyers together over the winter months to share their “fishing experiences”, their collective knowledge of fly tying and to pass on that knowledge to those learning fly tying and fly fishing.

It was initiated by Larry Shortt, Ralph Ainslie and Walter Regan, all SRA Members. Walter approached the Calais Branch, Royal Canadian Legion and thanks to their generosity we are provided a room twice monthly to conduct Flies & Lies.

Through the years many tiers have passed through our organization from ages 8 to 80 (one of our Tyers celebrated his 80th birthday this year.

We do not conduct fly tying classes but will assist anyone who asks for advice on fly tying and fly fishing. Although we do retain a few “secrets”. I have seen beginners join our little group and in less than a year they are helping others with fly tying problems.

This is a fun evening consisting of good humour, interesting stories (AKA Lies) and wonderful friends!

Flies & Lies starts at 7:00 pm and ends when we all leave. It is held on the bottom floor of the Calais Branch, Royal Canadian Legion, 45 Sackville Cross Rd, Lower Sackville and is open to all that have an interest in angling.

We meet twice a month starting in September and stopping on the last Wednesday in April (This allows us to get out over fishing season to try our wonderful creations).

The dates for Flies & Lies are as follows:

8 & 30 Jan; 12 & 27 Feb; 12 & 27 Mar; 9 & 24 Apr – 2013

For information or questions please contact Larry Shortt via e-mail at

1st Annual Sackville Duck Race was a success!

On Saturday, May 4, the SRA, Acadia Recreation Club, and Boys and Girls Club of Sackville held the 1st Annual Sackville Duck Race for youth and family on the Little Sackville River, including a BBQ at Acadia Hall, with the corporate race taking place on the Friday before on the main Sackville River. In total, 10 youth received ribbons, 3 families won cash prizes, and three companies won cash prizes and received trophies. Proceeds from the event went towards programs at the three hosting organizations. Thank you to all who attended! IMAG2039Some of the winners of the day – corporate, family, and youth winners.


Congratulations to Green Arbor Landscape for their third place win in the corporate race.


One of the family duck race winners.

More pictures soon to follow.

The results of the corporate duck race were as follows:

– 1st place – Sackville Business Association

– 2nd place – Heflers Forest Products

-3rd place – Green Arbor Landscape

The SRA would like to thank on behalf of all three organizations involved in the Spring Duck run Sackville Business Association and Green Arbor Landscape  for their kind donation of their prize winners back to the event!

Results of the Family and Youth Duck Run to follow.

Thank you to all who attended and all who sponsored the event. SRA hopes that all had a great time and we look forward to seeing you next year.

A few random pictures

RBC Presentation of $5,000 to SRA

This April, Myra Lucia from the Royal Bank of Canada branch in Bedford presented to Walter Regan (President of SRA) a cheque for $5,000 for the River Restoration 2013 project through the RBC Blue Water Community Action Grant. Thank you to RBC and Myra for this wonderful donation to our restoration project this summer!

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