© By Othmar Vohringer
This year’s event was special in the regard that it honoured the memory of Bill Otway, past president of Family Fishing Society and champion of fishing and hunting rights for the citizens of BC and Canada. This past year Bill was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame in recognition of his unparalleled efforts and achievements on behalf of all Canadian outdoor enthusiasts. Honouring Bill by declaring the Family Fishing Day in his memory was a fitting tribute not only because of what he has done for all of us but also because in many ways he was like a father, tirelessly looking out for the hunters and sport anglers rights and the best interests for wildlife.
I remember how happy and proud Bill looked last year as he watched the children and their families enjoying a great time at the Family Fishing Day. “This is what it is all about Othmar. Like one great family we all gather here to celebrate nature’s beauty and the sport of fishing” Bill said. I couldn’t help but think that he would have loved to see the 70 something children and families that came to the event this year. I know he was there in spirit. The weather was beautiful and I have been told that the fishing was phenomenal. Almost every child caught a rainbow trout and some of the fish weighed in at over two pounds. I watched with delight as a six-year old boy was having a real fight to land a huge trout, but all the while shouting excitedly, “I’ve a fish, I’ve a fish – It’s a big one too!” This is what it is all about.
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