The 2019 Boilermakers Lodge 359 Steelhead Derby was held on Sunday, March 3rd on the Chilliwack/Vedder River. We had 16 participants this year. Registration looked to be down early with only 12 signed up. However, Brother Ross Casselman showed up with 3 friends to participate in the festivities, all of whom had been in a derby on Saturday. Although the fish weren’t fully co-operating that day, everyone who came enjoyed their time on the river while being amongst friends, brothers and sisters.
The winner of the 2019 derby was long time participant Ray Rigolo, with a 5lb, 7oz Steelhead.
Ray won a prize of $160, half of the entry fees collected, while the other half will be donated to West Coast Boilermakers. We’d like to thank the sponsors, CIMS, Cabela’s and Sea-Run Fly and Tackle for their generous donations that helped make this derby possible. Thank you to Brother Jason Swetlikoff for organizing the event and thank you to all those came out and participated. We hope to see everyone again next year!