UPDATE #3, October 20, 2018: It gives me great pleasure to announce that Team Ireland has officially submitted their registration for the 2019 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships! Without any further ado, here is the roster for Team Ireland:
Peter Driver - Kilkenny, Ireland
Tom Driver - Dublin, Ireland
Mark Driver - Rathdrum, Wicklow, Ireland
David O Donovan - Cork, Ireland
Rodger Folwer - Abbeyleix, Ireland
UPDATE #2, October 16, 2018:
Due to the overwhelming response when registration opened yesterday, I have opened 2 more spots for another Canadian and another international team, which brings the maximum number of teams for the 2019 NALS to 14 teams (70 competitors).
UPDATE #1, OCTOBER 5, 2018:
Registration for the 2019 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championship will open on October 15, 2018
Please email Todd Oishi at: email@example.com to register your team.
UPDATE #4 FOR JUNE 14, 2018: REGISTRATION FORMS AND FEES ARE NOW DUE
An email was sent out this morning to inform the competitors and teams that it’s time to complete and send in your registration and entry fees for the 2018 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championship. Entry fees for this year’s championship are now being accepted and are due by the 30th of July.
I would request that the captain or manager of each team sends a reply to let me know that you’ve received this message, and then forward the email and documents to all of their members of their team, or contact me if you didn't receive the email.
Todd Oishi - Organizer of the North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships
UPDATE #3 FOR NOVEMBER 1, 2017: TUNKWA LAKE VENUE CHANGES
Please note that there will be a major change to the Tunkwa Lake Venue for the 2018 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships. The lake will be divided into 2 sectors that are identified as Tunkwa Lake West and Tunkwa Lake East.
These changes will help to provide competitors with more options to consider and areas to find shelter from the wind. Boundary markers will be placed on opposing banks of the lake prior to official practice in order to help identify the division and boundaries for this venue. Please click on the link to the "Competition Venues" on this page's side bar to view the map for the Tunkwa Lake Venue.
UPDATE #2 FOR OCTOBER 26, 2017:
Registration for the 2018 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championship is now open!!!
Please email Todd Oishi at: firstname.lastname@example.org to register
UPDATE #1 FOR SEPTEMBER 30, 2017:
Registration for the 2018 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championship will open on October 26, 2017
Please email Todd Oishi at: email@example.com to register
UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 FOR THE 2017 NORTH AMERICAN LOCH-STYLE FLY FISHING CHAMPIONSHIPS:
TRANSPORTATION AND CARE OF BATTERIES
The drivers for each group will be responsible for delivering the batteries to Batstone and bringing back with them to Tunkwa at the end of the day, so we can recharge for them for next day. Please double-check with the driver in your group to ensure that they have the spare batteries in their vehicle of you're fishing on Batstone Lake during an afternoon session. This will help to ensure that there are no issues with dead batteries in the afternoon sessions, so everyone will be happy!
TRANSPORTATION AND CARE OF MEASURING TROUGHS
The 5 drivers of Team Cormorant will be responsible for transporting the measuring troughs to each venue and collecting them once the session is over and before they depart for the next venue or home. Holes have been drilled into the measuring troughs and a piece of cord provided, so competitors can tie the measuring troughs to the oar locks on the boats, as we can’t afford to lose a single measuring trough or the competitors won’t be able to measure their fish. If you have a spare trough of your own, please bring it along with you as a backup and leave it on the dock in the event that someone loses their measuring trough…
TRANSPORTATION AND CARE OF DROGUES
It is the responsibility of every competitor to provide their own drogue, but several of the newer competitors don’t have one, so I will be bringing along my spare Minn Kotas and would ask that you bring along any spares that you might have, so we can ensure that there will be a drogue for every boat in your Letter Group. Competitors are free to use any style of drogue, but the loaners will all be cone-shaped Minn Kotas. Please co-ordinate the disbursement of the drogues for your group upon your arrival at the venues, so every boat has one, and remember to remove and bring them with you for the next session at your next venue.
ROCHE LAKE VENUE
On the day that you drive to practice or compete at the Roche Lake venue, please drive the shortest and quickest route, which will take you through the cities of Logan Lake and Kamloops (see the attached map). Google Maps calculates the commute as being 1 hour 8 minutes, but I would allow 1 hour 30 minutes in case you encounter any traffic as you pass through the city of Kamloops.
GROUP DEPARTURE TIMES ON THE COMPETITION DAYS
Here are the Tunkwa Lake Resort departure times for the 3 competition venues that require drivers to transport the competitors in their group:
• Vehicles depart for Roche Lake (morning session): 6:15am
• Vehicles depart for 7 Half Diamond Ranch: 7:00am
• Vehicles depart for Corbett Lake Resort: 7:15am
• Vehicles depart for Roche Lake (afternoon session): 9:15am
Competitors must meet on the lawn at the picnic area across from the Resort’s Office.
It’s critical that we depart for the venues on time, as the first session of each day starts at 9:00am with the competitors being allowed to leave the dock/staging area 15 minutes in advance of the start of the session. This should allow everyone ample time to set up and view their venues. Don't be late or the shuttles will leave without you!!
BOAT OPERATOR LICENSES
Competitors that are planning to operate a boat need to take the "completed safety checklist for a rented boat" (only takes a few minutes to perform) that can be done with the boat managers at Tunkwa Lake Resort or Roche Lake Resort. It would be much appreciated by everyone and far more time effective to complete this process during their practice session days in order to save time...
The groups that are going to Roche Lake for the afternoon session will depart at 9:15am in order to allow that group to watch the end of the morning session and to sit down with their teammates for a debrief of the session and to enjoy a hot bowl of soup and a sandwich with coffee or tea that will be served in the resort’s restaurant (prepaid as a part of their entry fees). The morning session group is free to return home or sit and kick back and watch the afternoon session from the comfort of the balcony if they choose to stay enjoy the remainder or part of the day at the resort…
Please ensure that everyone synchronizes their watches and time pieces, so that everyone starts and finishes at the same time. Please signal by yelling, waving, or blowing a whistle to the other boats when the session starts and stops, as it might not always be possible to hear the start and stop signals from certain areas on the lakes.
Each participant is responsible for checking the accuracy of their scorecard, ensuring that their fellow competitor has crossed out the unused part of the scorecard and confirming this by signing it at the end of each period. All scorecards must be handed to the sector judge immediately upon the boat arrival to the shore (even if a competitor blanks). Competitors are prohibited from leaving the shoreline or docks until they've handed in their scorecards (missing or late cards will be disqualified).
And finally, please remember that competitors cannot power their motors while their fly line and/or their boat partner's fly line are in the water, as they could potentially chop-up or tangle the fly lines in the props and stall the motors and immobilize the boat…
UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 13, 2017:
I’d like to remind everyone to bring along your own pen(s) for recording your fish on the scorecards that will be provided to the competitors at the Captains Meeting next Wednesday evening at Logan Lake Golf Club. You will also be responsible for providing your own large Ziploc Bag for keeping your scorecards dry (scorecards are printed on 9” X 11” paper sheets). Competitors are also required to have a time piece or watch for recording the time of their catch. Competitors will synchronize their time pieces prior to the start of each session, so they can adhere to the start and stop times for all 5 sessions, which are noted on the schedule that can be found on the official website for this event: http://flyfishingchampionship.com/nalsffc_017.htm
Please remember to bring your life jackets and a spare one that you might have to loan to those that might need to borrow one. PFDs are mandatory for official practice and all competition sessions, and must be worn at all times while near the water's edge or in a boat. Please contact Todd Oishi as soon as possible if you need to borrow one. Eye protection (sunglasses or safety glasses) must be worn at all times during the sessions, as there is a distinct chance of injury due to the close proximity of your boat partner while casting and playing fish.
It is the responsibility of all competitors to provide their own drogues for this event, but I will have several loaners on hand for those that don't have one. I would also like to request that the competitors that have a spare drogue bring them along, so we ensure that there will be one for every boat. All loaner drogues will be assigned to a specific group, but please write your names on your drogue, so we can make sure that it will be returned to you at the conclusion of this event. We will only require 5 drogues per group, so at least 3 spare drogues will be assigned to each group in order to ensure that every boat will have one.
FOOD AND SNACKS
We will be providing each competitor with a bottle of water, snack, a piece of fruit and lunches on the 3 competition days, and the dinner at the Closing Ceremonies Banquet, which are included in your entry fees. It is the responsibility of the teams to provide additional drinking water and snacks for their team members. Please remember to carry a few extra bottles in your packs or refill your water bottle at the resorts, so you will stay hydrated!
Please don’t forget about bringing your team’s item(s) for the auction (team and individual donations for the auction are always very much appreciated) to the Closing Ceremonies on Saturday evening at Corbett Lake Lodge. And please don’t forget to bring along your cheque book or cash and bid generously, as the proceeds of this event go to B.C. Children’s Hospital. Your donations and generosity goes a long ways towards helping the kids!
The thwart boards will be delivered to the resorts on Saturday evening and very early Sunday morning, so they will be on hand for official practice sessions. Please remember to remove them from the boats and place and stack them neatly on the shore where you originally found them.
RESORT PAYMENTS AND BOATER OPERATOR LICENSES
Please remember to stop by the ranch house above Batstone Lake and the lodge at Corbett Lake to prepay the resort owners for your time spent on these private lakes. Those that don't have a boaters license should take the time to complete a brief lesson to qualify you to operate the resorts boats at Tunkwa and Roche Lake.
UPDATE FOR AUGUST 2, 2017:
Entry fees are due on August 15th, 2017. I would request that the captain or manager of each team sends a reply to let me know that you’ve received this email, and then forwards this email and the attachments to their captain, manager, and team mates, as I don’t have all of the competitors’ email/contact information at this time.
REGISTRATION AND FORMS FOR THE 2017 NORTH AMERICAN LOCH-STYLE FLY FISHING CHAMPIONSHIP
Please fill out and forward the meal order from along with the attached waiver and registration forms (see attachments below) in order to complete your registration and secure your spot for this year’s event.
Please mail the forms, along with a cheque for $300.00 (CAD) to:
25874 102nd Ave
Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
E-transfers can be performed by simply sending me a request for the banking information for this event.
MEALS AND LUNCHES
At this year’s championship, we will be providing lunches on all 3 days of the competition and a dinner at the awards banquet/closing ceremonies. The costs of these 4 meals are included in your registration fees.
A dinner will be served at the Meet & Greet and Opening Ceremonies, which will be held at 6:00pm at the Meadow Creek Golf Club in town of Logan Lake on Wednesday, September 20th . The cost for the meals and drinks at the Meet & Greet and Captain’s Meeting, is the responsibility of the competitors and are not included in your entry fees.
The meal at the Opening Ceremonies/Meet & Greet will include a delicious hamburger with all the trimmings, Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Cheese, and a Potato Salad. The cost for the meal is $15.45, which includes gratuity and taxes. Please fill out the attached meal order form (see attachments below) for the Opening Ceremonies/Meet & Greet and email it back to me as soon as possible, so I can provide an accurate headcount for the restaurant’s food order from their supplier.
Competition officials will be on hand to address any and all questions or concerns during the Captains' Meeting at the Opening Ceremonies/Meet & Greet, which starts at 6:00pm at the Meadow Creek Golf Club, but please feel free to email Todd Oishi should you have any questions or concerns before that time. The meal will be served at 7:00pm with the Captain’s Meeting and draw being performed after the dinner. Team photos will be taken during the Meet & Greet portion of the evening, so please dress accordingly...
ABOUT THE 2017 NORTH AMERICAN LOCH-STYLE FLY FISHING CHAMPIONSHIPS
First and foremost, this competition is being held so that participants can have fun; enjoy the company of fellow competitors; improve our fishing skills; share techniques; enjoy a friendly-spirited fly fishing competition, and to celebrate fly fishing in general. It’s also important that we put forward our best effort to minimize any possible negative effect that the competition may have on the fish and these fisheries. Accordingly; all fish caught in the competition must be handled carefully and safely returned to the water in a safe and timely manner. All fishing is to be carried out on a catch-and-release basis using a single barbless or de-barbed hook.
The competition will consist of five, 3-hour sessions of competition that will be held over a period of 3 days on Tunkwa Lake (North and South Sectors); Roche Lake; Corbett Lake (private lake); and Batstone Lake (private lake). Competitors will be divided into five letter groups, with each group consisting of a single member from each team. All of the groups will be competing on the different venues/sectors during all 5 sessions. Team and Individual results will be calculated and posted at Tunkwa Lake Resort each evening, and the final session will be posted at the Awards Ceremony at the Closing Ceremonies Banquet.
NO FISHING PERIOD
There will be a 12 day no-fishing-policy for all competition venues, which comes into effect at 6:00am on September 5, 2017. All competitors, their agents, and associates are not allowed to fish the competition venues during this period of time. As well, competitors and their agents will not be allowed to fish the competition venues on September 20th.
OFFICIAL PRACTICE SESSIONS
The 3 Official Practice Days are as follows: September 17th, 18th, and 19th. Teams are responsible for booking their practice times and boat reservations with the resorts, and are encouraged to do so well in advance of their arrival. Competitors are responsible for providing their own drogues and PFDs (Personal Flotation Devices), but may be able to arrange a loaner if the request is submitted far enough in advance.
Both Tunkwa Lake and Roche Lake are public waters, so there are no access fees, only boat rental fees. Corbett Lake and Batstone Lake are private lakes, and charge access fees in addition to their boat rental fees. Team members are able to swap-out at noon without any additional fees being applied (you’re charged a fee for “the number of rods” for each day). I personally recommend that teams book both Corbett Lake and Batstone Lake for the same day, so the team members can swap between the 2 venues at noon, in order to allow them the opportunity to explore both venues, as teams are restricted to a single practice day on the Batstone Lake venue during the 3 practice days (25 minute drive between the 2 venues).
Teams are also restricted to a maximum of 2 practice days with a single boat on the Corbett Lake venue during each of their practice days. Teams are restricted to a maximum of 2 practice days with 2 boats on the Tunkwa Lake and Roche Lake venues. This rule has been put in place to ensure that all of the teams are able to access the lakes during the 3 days of practice.
Due to the distance and travel time (an hour and 45 minutes), teams practicing on the Roche Lake venue would be wise to rent a boat or 2 boats and practice for the entire day. Tunkwa Lake will also require renting a boat and motor for a full day given its size and the time required to fully explore its waters.
BOAT AND ACCESS FEES FOR OFFICIAL PRACTICE SESSIONS
Competitors are responsible for booking and renting boats for their practice sessions. Boats can be rented from all 4 resorts. Click on the following link (or cut & paste it into your web browser) in order to select the link to a resort that your team wishes to practice on, and to reserve your boats and private lake access: http://www.flyfishingchampionship.com/nalsffc_013.htm
Here are the rental and access fees that have been negotiated for the 4 lake venues:
Roche Lake Resort: $70.00/day for a boat and motor.
Tunkwa Lake Resort: $75.00 /day for boat and motor.
Corbett Lake Resort: $50.00 per rod and $35.00 for a boat and motor.
Batstone Lake: $80.00 per rod and $55.00/day for a boat with oars.
Transportation to and from the competition venues will be provided on the 3 competition days, but teams are responsible for their own transportation needs or arranging ride-sharing for the practice sessions (please contact Todd if you require assistance with your transportation needs).
We are once again requesting that all of the teams bring an item(s) for the silent auction that will be held at the Awards & Closing Ceremonies Banquet at Corbett Lake Lodge on the evening of Saturday, September 23rd. Please remember to bring your items to Corbett lake Lodge on the night of the auction, along your cheque books or cash, and bid generously for the sake of B.C. Children’s Hospital Fund.
Olympic style medals will be awarded to the three top teams: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Competitors will also be competing for the individual Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. The Awards Ceremony & Closing Ceremonies Banquet will start at 6:00pm on Saturday, September 23rd at Corbett Lake Lodge in Merritt.
UPDATE FOR APRIL 25, 2017: The manager of Tunkwa Lake Resort has asked me to let the international guests know that if given enough notice they can arrange loaner sleeping bags for their stay at their resort. This will allow the international guests the ability to stay at the resort without having to bring or purchase bedding.
Tunkwa Lake Resort has been designated as the headquarters and staging area for transportation for the 2017 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championship, so it would be to your team's advantage and convenience to book a cabin well before they're all reserved for this event. Here's a link to Tunkwa Lake Resort: www.tunkwalakeresort.com
UPDATE #7 FOR THE 2017 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships for April 4, 2017:
SPECIAL RULE MODIFICATIONS FOR OFFICIAL PRACTICE SESSIONS ON ALL COMPETITION LAKE VENUE
- There will be a total of 3 official practice days for the competition lake venues, which are September 17, 18, and 19, 2017.
- Teams are responsible for their own transportation needs and boat rental costs, as well as the access fees for the 2 private lake venues (Batstone and Corbett Lakes).
- Only officially registered competitors and alternates are permitted to fish on the competition lake venues during the 3 practice days (agents and associates are not permitted).
- Teams are restricted to a maximum of 1 practice day and a single boat on the Batstone Lake venue.
- Teams are restricted to a maximum of 2 practice days and a single boat on the Corbett Lake venue.
- Teams are restricted to a maximum of 2 practice days and 2 boats on the Tunkwa Lake venue.
- Teams are restricted to a maximum of 2 practice days and 2 boats on the Roche Lake venue.
BOAT RESTRICTIONS* ON COMPETITION LAKE VENUES
- There is a maximum of 6 boats permitted at one time on the Batstone Lake venue.
- There is a maximum of 12 boats permitted at one time on the Corbett Lake venue.
- There is no maximum number of boats permitted at one time on the Tunkwa Lake venue (crowding won't be an issue).
- Teams are responsible for booking their practice times and boat reservations in advance of their arrival.
Update #6 for the 2017 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships for April 4, 2017:
I'm extremely pleased to announce that Roche Lake Resort has been secured today as one of the 5 venues for the 2017 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championship! The quality fish and angling experience that this incredible venue has to offer will more than make up for the long drive. This venue will be fished as a single session Day for all groups, with lunch being catered by Roche Lake Resort (included in the entry fees for this event).
Update #5 for 2017 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships for March 15, 2017:
\Canadian competitors are required to have a Canadian Pleasure Craft Operators Card and international guests are encouraged to obtain a Canadian Pleasure Craft Operators Card if they're wishing to operate a boat. If you don't have one, please take the time to visit their website and write the test: http://www.boaterexam.com/canada/?gclid=CMn4qu7a4b4CFc1lfgodczcAEw
Update #4 for the 2017 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships for December 20, 2106:
I'm pleased to announce that the Closing Ceremonies & Awards Banquet for the 2017 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championship will be held at Corbett Lake Lodge near the town of Merritt: http://www.corbettlake.ca/dining/ . The outstanding view, food, and hospitality that can be expected and experienced at Corbett Lake Lodge will provide the perfect setting for the conclusion of this event, as well as a memorable and enjoyable experience for all who attend this event.
Update #3 for the 2017 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships for July 15, 2016:
Here is the message that was sent to me by a representative of Fly Fishing Team USA and was posted on Team USA's website and social media site earlier this morning:
"Team USA will recognize the 2017 North American Loch Style Fly Fishing Championships as a sanctioned event under Item 2.5 for the current point cycle. Registration opens on the 18th of July." The North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championship will be awarded points that are equivalent to those awarded at the America Cup International Fly Fishing Tournament, which should result in turn result in a higher level of participation by American and international competitors and teams.
Update #2 for the 2017 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships for July 5, 2016:
I'm very pleased to announce that the British Army Fly Fishing Team (Soldier Palmers) sent me an email this morning, confirming that they will be registering their team(s) for the 2017 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championship!
Several other competitors from the U.K. and Europe have also expressed an interest in submitting registration for this event, which opens in 2 weeks, so please continue monitoring this thread for updates and more details...
Update #1 for the 2017 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships for June 18, 2016:
I'm extremely pleased to announce that earlier this morning, I have secured Corbett Lake Lodge as one of the 5 venues for the 2017 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championship / B.C. Children's Hospital Fundraiser! This lake is managed as a trophy fishery, with the potential of catching rainbow trout in the double-digits.
Due to overwhelming interest in the 2017 NALSFFC, I've also opened up the registration for 12 teams (60 competitors) with a total of 4 spots now being reserved for international teams. The 2017 NALSFFC should prove to be most challenging competition yet, as well as a great time - both on and off the water!!
Registration for this event opens at 12:00pm (Pacific Standard Time) on Monday, July 18, 2016.
Update #8 for the 2015 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships (June 3, 2015):
I’d like to remind everyone to bring along your own pens for recording your fish on the scorecards, and a large Ziploc bag to keep your scorecards dry (9” X 11”). Competitors are also required to have a time piece or watch for recording the time of your catch. The start and stop times for all 5 sessions of the competition will be signaled by a bear banger.
Please remember to bring your life jackets and any spare ones that you might have for those who might need to borrow one. PFDs must be worn at all times while near the water's edge or in a boat. Please contact Todd Oishi if you need to borrow one: firstname.lastname@example.org
I would also like to request that those of you that own a Minn Kota cone-shaped drogue bring them along, as we’re a little short on them this year. All loaner drogues will be assigned to a specific boat, but please write your names on your drogue, so it won’t get mixed up with the rest of them.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 is the official practice day for this event. There will be two 3-hour official practice sessions held on Tunkwa Lake on June 9, 2015. Session One will run from 9am - 12pm and Session Two from 2pm - 5pm. All boat operators must have their Canadian Pleasure Craft/Boat Operator’s License and present it when signing out a boat for this event.
All teams are required to have a minimum of 2 competitors per boat (a boat with a single occupant will not be allowed to leave the dock), so everyone will have equal access to a boat and be able to practice.
Some teams may choose to have 3 people in a boat in order to be more efficient during the practice sessions and avoid revealing their flies and strategies to other competitors, in which case they should consider loaning one of their boats to another competitor/team.
I would also ask that all teams consider inviting a person from another without a boat or boat operator’s license to share a practice session with them or one of their team mates. The Youth Team in particular will need boat partners, as most are too young to legally operate a boat (and most don’t have a license). The U.S. and U.K. teams will also need to be paired with other competitors, as they don’t have oat operator licenses as well.
Please contact me if you’re willing to take on a passenger and/or loan one of your boats, and I’ll co-ordinate the pairing of competitors and the assignments of boats.
Competitors are responsible for providing their own breakfast and lunch during the official practice day (June 9th).
Lunch will be provided at Tunkwa lake during the first day of the competition (Thursday, June 11th).
2 breakfast s and 2 lunches are provided during the 2 days of the competition at the Trojan Pond (Friday, June 12th and Saturday, June 13th).
The cost for these 5 meals (3 lunches and 2 breakfasts) is included with your entry fees.
Competitors are required to be at the boat docks/staging area and ready to go, so their boat may be launched on time and 15 minutes prior to the start of each session.
I’d like to remind everyone that the use of chain or plastic bead eyes on a fly pattern is illegal, as only a single bead may be visible.
All fishing must end at the end of the session, and any fish that are hooked while reeling in after the signal of the end of the session are not eligible for scoring.
Competitors are allowed an extra 5 minutes to land any fish that are hooked before the signal of the end of the session.
All hooks must be de-barbed or barbless. A piece of cotton will be issued to each competitor with scorecards, so hooks can be checked if a hook is suspected of having a barb.
Barbed hooks must be kept and handed into the organizer (Todd Oishi) or Jury Member and any fish caught while using that hook must be noted on the scorecard.
The maximum size for a bead is 4.0mm (5/32”), so please leave your patterns with beads that are larger than 4.0mm at home….
All complaints and/or allegations of unsportsmanlike conduct, rule violations, or cheating must be submitted in writing and presented to Todd Oishi or a Jury Member for review at the conclusion of the session in which the violation or incident occurred.
Please take the time to read the rules and schedule on the website for this event: http://www.flyfishingchampionship.com/nalsffc_011.htm
Also… Please don’t forget about bringing your team’s item(s) for the auction (team and individual donations for the auction are always very much appreciated). And don’t forget your cheque book or cash, as the funds raised go to B.C. Children’s Hospital. Your donations and generosity goes a long ways towards helping the kids!
Update #6 for the 2015 North American Loch-Style Championships (April 27, 2015):
Here are some interesting details that will give you an idea of the skill level and calibre of the competitors at the 2015 North American Loch-Style-Style Fly Fishing Championship:
- 70 competitors competing on 14 five-man teams
- 23 competitors that have competed at international championships as a member of the Canadian National Fly Fishing Teams.
- 10 former captains of Team Canada
- 1 former captain of Team U.S.A.
- 6 competitors from the United States of America.
- 2 Scottish Champions with international experience
- 5 competitors from England with international experience
- 1 World Fly Fishing Championship individual silver medalist
- 1 world fly casting champion (2 time champion)
- 8 Canadian National Fly Fishing Championship Individual Gold Medalists
- 16 Canadian National Fly Fishing Championship Team Gold Medalists
- Over 60% of the competitors have competed at a national championship within their home country
- This event will be televised on WFN (World Flishing Network)
This is definitely the toughest field of competitors to date, and will prove to be the most challenging fly fishing championship ever held on Canadian soil...
Update #5 for the 2015 North American Loch-Style Championships (April 7, 2015):
It’s time to complete and send in your registration forms and entry fees for the 2015 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships. Please fill out and forward the attached waiver and registration forms, and mail them along with a cheque for $225.00 - payable to Teck Highland Valley Copper Partnership - in order to complete your registration and secure your spot for this year’s event (mailing address is on the registration form).
It’s essential that every competitor sends in their entry fees before April 30, 2015, as the “Mining for Miracles” organization has graciously offered to match our entry fees dollar-for-dollar IF they’re received on, or before, the 30th of April (as they did for the previous 4 events). We’re really counting on everyone submitting their payments on time so we can maximize the dollars that will be raised for the B.C. Childrens’ Hospital Fund, so please don’t delay, and send your registration forms and cheques as soon as you receive this email!
Please take a moment to view and bookmark the discussion forum that I set up on The Innovative Fly Fisher Forum that is dedicated to discussions, updates, and questions about the 2015 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships: http://innovativeflyfisher.com/forum/index.php?topic=1806.0
At this year’s championship, Highland Valley Copper will be providing a lunch on Thursday, June 11th at Tunkwa Lake Resort (competitors are responsible for providing their own breakfast on that day), and will be providing a delicious breakfast and lunch at the Trojan Pond on both Friday, June 12th and Saturday, June 13st. The costs of these meals (a total of 2 breakfasts and 3 lunches) are included in your registration fees. The costs for the meals at the Black Bull Pub the Meet & Greet on June 10th and the Awards Banquet on June 13th ) are the responsibility of the competitors and are not included in your entry fees (an update will be sent in the next week with the menu and pricing).
We are once again requesting that all of the teams and participants bring an item for the silent auction that will be held at the Awards & Closing Ceremonies Banquet on the evening of Saturday, June 13th. If you wish to receive a charitable donation tax receipt for any of the items that you’re donating for the auction, please bring the original receipt for the value of the product (along with the item) to the Black Bull Pub on the evening of Saturday, June 13th. As well, please remember to bring along your cheque books or cash, and be bid generously for the sake of the Childrens’ Hospital...
About this year’s competition:
First and foremost, this competition is being held so that participants can have fun; enjoy the company of fellow competitors; improve our fishing skills; share techniques; and to celebrate fly fishing. It’s also important that we all strive to minimize any possible negative effect that the competition may have on this fishery. Accordingly; all fish caught in the competition must be handled carefully and safely returned to the water in a timely manner. All fishing is carried out on a catch-and-release basis using barbless or de-barbed hooks.
The competition will consist of five, 3-hour sessions of competition that will be held on Tunkwa Lake (Session 1 and 2) and the Trojan Pond (Sessions 3, 4, and 5) over a period of three days, and in accordance with the FFC rules: http://www.flyfishingcanada.net/docs/FFCAnnualRules.pdf . Competitors will be divided into five letter groups, with each group consisting of one member from each team. All of the groups/competitors will be competing on the same venues for all 5 sessions. Drogues will be provided for the official practice and competition sessions, but we would like to request that all competitors that have a Minn Kota drogue (drift sock) bring them along for the competition, as we are a little short on them at the present moment...
All competitors and their agents will not be allowed to fish the competition lakes for 60 days prior to the competition dates. Tunkwa Lake will be open for official practice on June 9th (Tuesday). Competitors are responsible for supplying, borrowing, or arranging their own boats for unofficial practice. Boats can be rented from Tunkwa Lake Resort: www.tunkwalakeresort.com
Please note that all privately owned boats must be disinfected at the official cleaning station that will be setup at Tunkwa Lake Resort, and any weeds must be removed from boats, props, and trailers before transporting them onto Highland Valley Copper Mine's properties (please read the attached document that addresses this very important topic).
Transportation to and from Tunkwa Lake and the Trojan Pond is the responsibility of the competitors (maps and directions will be supplied at the Meet & Greet and Captains' Meeting on Wednesday, June 10th). Competition officials will be on hand to address any and all questions or concerns that might arise during the Captains' Meeting on the Tuesday evening during the “Meet & Greet”, which starts at 6:00pm at the Black Bull Pub, but please feel free to email Todd Oishi if you have any questions or concerns before that time. The Draw will be performed at 7:00pm precisely (the captain of each team must be present for the draw).
Olympic style medals will be awarded to the three top teams: Gold, Silver and Bronze. Competitors will also be competing for the individual Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. The Team and Individual results will be calculated and posted at the Awards Ceremony Banquet. The Awards ceremony & Banquet will start at 6:00pm on Saturday, June 13th at the Black Bull Pub @ 264 Poplar Drive in the town of Logan Lake
Update #2 for the 2015 North American Loch-Style Championships (October 2, 2014):
I'd like to sincerely thank all of the teams and individuals that responded in such a timely manner to the new requirements for the 2015 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championship's registration process! Registration for the 2015 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships is now full, with one spot being reserved for an international team, and one team and 2 individuals on the waiting list. Please remember that it is the responsibility of all competitors and teams to monitor this website for any updates and news!