Eve River, Vancouver Island
Fishing is improving in the Eve River and one of the best places to fish is at the junction pool, where the Adam river joins. Its such a beautiful spot located where the two rivers join, the fish can get pretty big here. The spot is so nice that l never really care if i get a bite, its nice to just be here.
The steelhead society’s habitat restoration corporation has done some incredible work in both these rivers as well in the kunnum, montague and tlatlos creeks, all are tributaries of the Eve/Adam rivers. Much of this work was done in the side channels where logs and other woody debris were placed. This was done to provide cover and more stable river areas that usually see less flooding damage. Its imperative that this work continues for the health of the steelhead, salmon and sea run dolly varden eggs and the Juveniles who spend up to several years in the stream before heading out to sea.
Logging has been a major contributor to the lack of rearing and overwintering areas for these juveniles, many places in the system have been clear-cut to the rivers edge and this has resulted in heavy flooding, increased sediments in the spawning beds and a decrease in good fish habitat.
Logging continues to be the most serious concern for steelhead habitat protection in the Adam and Eve river watersheds. More needs to be done to improve logging techniques that will create less damage not just in these rivers, but all the rivers of Vancouver Island. We need logging but there is no reason we can not do a better job at protecting rivers, wildlife habitat and sensitive areas.