REST Committee

World class angling clubs…have in common a philosophy that recognizes the greater sense of achievement from catching a large fish under conditions that raise the skill level of the angler…Though materials in the manufacture of rods, lines, and boats have changed over the years, and any number of modern technologies have been devised to give fisherman a decisive advantage over the fish, The Tyee Club of British Columbia (Tyee Club) has stayed with its tradition, making skillful angling the essence of the sport. [1]

The Rules, Etiquette, Safety and Tackle (REST) committee shares the thoughts and vision of Van Egan, as do the many past and current Presidents, Directors, and Members of the Tyee Club. Fishing regulations are put in place by government agencies to manage fish stocks, but it is the Tyee Club that must self-regulate to preserve the sport. In an age of technology that is changing at lightning speed, a goal of the REST committee will be to resist technology that takes the challenge away from the angler and shield ourselves from sliding into conventional saltwater angling using the lowest possible standards.

This winter the REST Committee made revisions to the Official Rules to address new technology being used in the Tyee fishery. The use of underwater cameras, while fascinating to watch, provide the opportunity to observe, monitor and record fish activity and behavior, as well as survey bottom structure. Watches and iPhones with GPS capabilities can pinpoint exact locations of fish caught as well as mark bottom depth and structure. The use of technology does not align with the philosophies of the Tyee Club, and rule changes have been made to address this.

The REST committee has also revised our Catch and Release Rules. Beginning in the 2019 season any angler fishing under Tyee Club Rules who catches and releases a Tyee will be eligible to obtain a catch and release pin. This was previously available only to members. The angler does not become a voting member, and does not become eligible for any awards, but is recognized for releasing a Chinook that is judged to be a Tyee by estimation of the rower and angler, or through taped measurement of the fish.

This season the committee is developing ways to reduce motorized traffic through the pool. We are working with Coast Guard to establish electronic map upgrades and radio communication that would address large motorized vessels transiting through the Tyee Pool. Further, we need to address our own rowboat fleet motoring within the boundaries, especially on very low tides. In an effort to highlight renewed awareness of the no motoring area among our Membership there have been two significant changes in the Rules. The first change is found in the very first Rule of the Club; all Members are now required to adhere to not only all Fisheries Regulations but also all Transport Canada Regulations. Most pointedly, the second change was to establish that motoring through the Tyee Pool boundaries to weigh in a Tyee will be grounds for automatic disqualification of the fish.

All Members are strongly encouraged to read the Official Rules for a full accounting of the changes for the 2019 season.

We will continue to address changes in technology and regulation, as well as educate and uphold etiquette and safety on the water, with the goal of preserving the traditions and values of the club put into place by our predecessors.

References

[1] Van Gorman Egan, Tyee: The History of the Tyee Club of British Columbia, 1988