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Tuesday August 20, 2013 issue of the North Islander

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  • With prices this small, open the door to summer.Freight and PDI included

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    w w w. sunwest v w.ca 4 01 R ya n R o a d, C o u r t e n a y 250 - 33 8 -1221Sunwest Auto Centre *Limited time fi nance purchase o er available through Volkswagen Finance, on approved credit. Base MSRP of $16,385 for a new and unregistered 2013 Jetta 2.0L base model with 5-speed manual transmission, including $1,395 freight and PDI, fi nanced at 1.9% APR for 84 months equals 182 bi-weekly payments of $97. Down payment or equivalent trade-in, due at signing, may be required. Cost of borrowing is $1,127 for a total obligation of $17,512. PPSA fee, license, insurance, registration, any dealer or other charges, options and applicable taxes are extra. Dealer may sell for less. Dealer order/trade may be necessary. O er ends September 3, 2013 and

    is subject to change or cancellation without notice. Model shown: 2013 Jetta 2.5L Highline, $25,985. Vehicle may not be exactly as shown. Visit vw.ca or your Volkswagen dealer for details. Volkswagen, the Volkswagen logo, Das Auto & Design and Jetta are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG. 2013 Volkswagen Canada.

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    Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 A PRODUCT OF THE CAMPBELL RIVER COURIER-ISLANDER AND COMOX VALLEY ECHO

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    Beauty often comes in small pack-ages, and that is certainly true for the diminutive but beautiful Annas

    Bluebutterfly.

    Withits wings closed, it is smaller than a nickel, and with the wings open it has a wing-span a bit wider than a toonie.

    Like many others in the blue family, the male Annas is a gorgeous sky blue on the topside with a narrow grayish-brown outer margin and a white outer fringe. The female is even more attractive with brown top-side accented by an band of golden crescents before the outer white fringe. The bottom or ventral side of both sexes is similar with a blue-white base colour, a series of black spots encircled by white halos, and an exquisite jewel-like subterminal pattern of golden crescents enclosing balls of sparkling blue sequins.

    There are two subspecies of Annas in BC, and the one on Vancouver Island is unique. Its scientific name is Lycaeidies anna vancouverensis, and it is only found on Vancouver Island. At one time it could be seen close to sea level on Vancouver Island, but with most of its habitat annexed or destroyed for human use, its last refuge is in the mountains in the subalpine and alpine.

    The lower level Annas used to fly by late spring or early summer, but in

    See Island Birds on page 4.

    The beautiful Annas Blue Butterfly

    Island BirdsMike Yip

    Photo by Mike YipThe Annas Blue is one our prettiest late summer butterflies. It can be seen in the mountains at places like Paradise Meadows, Mt. Washington, and Mt. Arrowsmith.

  • 2 NORTH ISLANDER Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013

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    Peter BritianNeil Van Ierlandowner

    Casey Van Ierland Lorne Dakin Mike Paroshy

    Ardent AnglerJeremy Maynard

    As Im sure by now, anyone around central Vancouver Island with an interest in sport fishing for salmon is aware of the special catch made in Tyee Pool last week. On the evening of Aug. 11, Mike Gage landed a sixty-one and a half pound chinook while fishing with his son Richard, an enormous fish for the inner south coast of BC in this day and age.

    Caught in traditional fashion under Tyee Club rules in a rowboat on an artificial lure and all the other tackle constraints that go with meeting club eligibility it is the first fish over 60 pounds to be registered by the club in 30 years. In August 1983 Tammy McKonkey caught a 62 pounder, guided by Ken Enns, followed two weeks later by a 61 pounder caught by Dawn Bencze who was being rowed by her husband Steve. And now, finally, another monster chinook, hooked only a long cast out from the shoreline of Tyee Spit.

    It seems improbable that Mike and Richard caught the largest fish of the 2013 chinook return to the Campbell River, a thought which brings added appeal for those who will be fishing near the river mouth for the remainder of the season, the idea that there really might

    be the fish of a lifetime ready to bite. Theres a strong possibility that their tyee was a six-year old fish, from the 2007 broodyear, which means that it went to sea in 2008, a year that saw some of the best marine survival in many years for salmon stocks around southern BC that migrated out to sea then. As in 1983, it might not be the last whopper of the cur-rent season.

    One important aspect of the capture of this latest double-tyee is the knowledge that the historic gene pool capable of producing such long-lived and ultimately very large chinook salmon is still in existence, the very fish upon which the original reputation of Campbell River as a sport fishing destination was based starting over 100 years ago. Perhaps not unreasonably given the dearth of genuinely large fish in recent decades, some folks had begun to wonder whether the possibility of such fish had been forever lost, but evidently not.

    It is especially fitting that Mike Gage

    should catch such a special fish because few individuals have done as much as he for salmon and their freshwater habitat in a wide area around his Campbell River home. I know Im not the only person who believes that his recent catch is, to use a phrase more often associated with the 60s counter-culture, some form of good karmic payback for all his endeavours over the years.

    After such an encouraging start, more recently Tyee Pool has gone a bit quiet in the past few

    days, with only one additional fish registered by the Tyee Club since. Perhaps the change in weather, with the shift from the high-pressure system that had dominated for the past six weeks across BC to a low-pressure environ-ment bringing bands of rain, has put these holding fish off the bite, hopefully t