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Notice:  The Maple Ridge Fly Tying Nights have officially come to an end due to poor attendance, as we need to have a minimum number of participants in order to reserve the room at the Home Restaurant.

Thank-you to all of the fly tyers that have come out for the fly tying nights over the years. I will miss the laughs and great time spent with all of you!


• Please send your registration fee by e-transfers to: or contact Chris Puchniak for his mailing address if you wish to send a cheque or money order.

Aww man!!!....Todd, you're making these comps harder and harder.  First you let that Callum kid compete, and now a couple of (presumably) Leaf fans.  :):):)

I have an extra battery I can bring.


Please bring your extra battery for Brian's boat that he is loaning to one of the teams.


Introductions and Greetings / Re: Hello from Quebec
« on: May 22, 2019, 04:03:34 PM »
Hello and welcome to the forum, Pierre! It was great to have had the opportunity to meet you while I was in Quebec for that championship. You were a superb controller and companion for that session!

I look forward to hearing about the fishing that you enjoy and your experiences chasing the fish that you love!



On Saturday, June 15th the Freshwater Society of British Columbia is having their open house at the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery in Abbotsford, and are looking for people to volunteer to help out down at their Fishing Ponds were they will have kids fishing. 

The tasks will likely involve netting fish, unhooking fish, untangling rods, that kind of stuff, and hopefully getting some kids into fishing!

Please contact the Freshwater Society of British Columbia at:     to volunteer or for more information.

Todd Oishi

Please direct any constructive feedback, comments, or questions to Ernie Kalwa, who is the organizer of this event and kindly volunteered his time and stepped forward to organize this event:


PRESS RELEASE   / COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE                          (Version française au bas)
2019 Ontario Fly Fishing Championship – Centre Wellington, Ontario

Fly Fishing Canada is pleased to announce that the 2019 Ontario Fly Fishing Championship will be based in Centre Wellington (Fergus-Elora), Ontario from June 22-23, 2019.  The Grand River will be the primary venue, with the Conestogo River as a backup venue. There will be four river sessions over the 2-day period.  The Grand and Conestogo rivers are tailwater fisheries, stocked annually each Spring with up to 40,000 Brown Trout, many of which hold over from year to year, producing some of North America’s best trophy brown trout approaching the 30-inch size (76cm). This competition is open to teams of two (2) anglers to a maximum of ten (10) teams (20 anglers). This promises to be an exciting event, bringing together competitive anglers to share in and experience the fine waters of the area.
Locale: Centre Wellington Township (Fergus-Elora), Ontario Canada.
Venues:  Grand River (with Conestogo River as backup).
Species counting: Brown Trout. Numbers of fish counted only, no fish measured.
Central Meeting Place: Fergus Sportsplex, 550 Belsyde Ave East, Fergus, Ontario. Meet in Parking Lot.
Session times: River fishing sessions are 3.5 hours only, with rotations of 3 anglers, through beat halves, and 15min allowance to rotate the anglers in the beat. One angler controlling the other two anglers at all times. Each angler gets two hours of fishing per beat. Morning session: 8:00am-11:30am. Afternoon session: 1:30pm-5:00pm.

Saturday June 22: 1st Competition Day
6:30am: First meeting and beat draws, scorecards and maps provided. Waivers signed. Rules reviewed.
7:00am: Depart for river sessions.
8:00am: Morning River Session starts. Two anglers fishing each beat for 1 hour, one angler controlling.
9:00am: Finish first beat rotation. Prepare for second beat rotation.
9:15am: Start second beat rotation. Two anglers fishing each beat for 1 hour, one angler controlling.
10:15am: Finish second beat rotation. Prepare for third beat rotation.
10:30am: Start third beat rotation. Two anglers fishing each beat for 1 hour, one angler controlling.
11:30am: Finish Morning Session. Lunch-break (none provided) and drive to afternoon river beats.

1:30pm: Afternoon River Session starts. Two anglers fishing each beat for 1 hour, one angler controlling.
2:30pm: Finish first beat rotation. Prepare for second beat rotation.
2:45pm: Start second beat rotation. Two anglers fishing each beat for 1 hour, one angler controlling.
3:45pm: Finish second beat rotation. Prepare for third beat rotation.
4:00pm: Start third beat rotation. Two anglers fishing each beat for 1 hour, one angler controlling.
5:00pm: Finish Afternoon Session. Drive scorecards back to Central Meeting Place (Fergus Sportsplex).

Sunday June 23 – 2nd Competition Day
Same as 1st Competition Day, except:
7:00am meet and depart from Fergus Sportsplex parking lot for morning river sessions.
5-6pm: Fergus Sportsplex parking lot: Final Scoring, Awards and Depart

Rules: All current FIPS-Mouche rules will apply. Competitors must wear PFDs and protective eye-wear at all times during competition sessions. No PFDs or eyewear will be supplied. A waiver must be signed by all competitors. No alcohol or cannabis permitted. All rules and rule-modifications will be circulated by email to all registrants prior to competition days.
Transportation: Competitors must drive in their own vehicles to/from river-beats/access-points. No buses will be provided. Maps will be provided with directions and locations of river access points and river competition beats.

Local Organizing Committee Chair and Project Manager: Ernie Kalwa (Elora, Ontario)
Contact email: 
Innovative Fly-Fisher Forum: <insert link here>
Registration: Limited to Ten (10) 2-angler teams = 20 participants maximum.
Registration opening date: 15 May 2019
Registration closing date:   31 May 2019
Registration Form Online: (Google Forms)
Registration Fee: $80 CAD per FFC-member angler. $85 for non-members.
NOTE: No meals or lunches will be provided – bring your own lunch!
Payable: by Interac Email Money Transfer (EMT) to, or by cheque payable to: Fly Fishing Canada, mailed to the address below. Receipts will be forwarded by email.
FFC mailing address:
Fly-Fishing Canada
c/o Todd Oishi
25874 102nd Ave
Maple Ridge, BC  V2W 1K5
Volunteers: This will be a competitor-controlled tournament. However, volunteers are welcome to assist with installing flag tape as beat markers on riverbanks on the day prior to the competition (Friday June 21). Please contact
Accommodations: No accommodations will be provided. Competitors are responsible for their own accommodations as necessary. Local suggestions include:
Best Western Plus Hotel, Fergus Ontario: Phone: Toll Free 1-844-338-1171, Local: 519-843-2100
Fergus-Elora Bed & Breakfast Association:
Airport Shuttle Service: RedCar Service. Website:   

Ontario Fishing Licence: Required for all anglers, and can be purchased online:

Fundraiser Event: This event is a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Centre Wellington. Net proceeds from Registration Fees minus expenses will be donated to this deserving local charity. Individual donations are encouraged.

Sponsors for this Event

Sponsorship Opportunities: Contact 


COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE                     (English version above)


Championnat de pêche à la mouche Ontario 2019 - Centre Wellington, Ontario

Pêche à la Mouche Canada Fly Fishing Canada a le plaisir d'annoncer que le championnat ontarien de pêche à la mouche 2019 aura lieu du 22 au 23 juin 2019 au Centre Wellington (Fergus-Elora), en Ontario. La rivière Grand sera le site principal, avec la rivière Conestogo lieu de sauvegarde. Il y aura quatre sessions de rivière au cours de la période de deux jours. Les rivières Grand et Conestogo sont des eaux de fond, chaque année au printemps, jusqu’à 40 000 truites brunes, dont beaucoup se succèdent d’année en année, produisant certaines des plus belles truites de l’Amérique du Nord avec un trophée approchant les 76 cm. Cette compétition est ouverte aux équipes de deux (2) pêcheurs jusqu'à un maximum de dix (10) équipes (20 pêcheurs). Cela promet d'être un événement passionnant, réunissant des pêcheurs à la ligne compétitifs pour partager et expérimenter les belles eaux de la région.
Locale: Canton de Centre Wellington (Fergus-Elora), Ontario Canada.
Lieux: Grand River (avec Conestogo River en réserve).
Comptage d'espèces: Truite brune. Nombre de poissons comptés uniquement, aucun poisson mesuré.
Lieu de réunion central: Fergus Sportsplex, 550, avenue Belsyde Est, Fergus, Ontario. Rendez-vous dans le parking.
Durée des sessions: Les sessions de pêche en rivière ne durent que 3,5 heures, avec des rotations de 3 pêcheurs, par battements et de 15 minutes pour permettre aux pêcheurs de faire la rotation dans le temps. Un pêcheur à la ligne contrôlant les deux autres pêcheurs à tout moment. Chaque pêcheur a deux heures de pêche par battement. Séance du matin: 8h00 à 11h30. Session de l'après-midi: 13h30-17h00.
Samedi 22 juin: 1er jour de competition
6h30: Première réunion et battements, tableaux de pointage et cartes fournis. Dérogations signées. Règles examinées.
7h00: Départ pour les sessions de rivière.
8h00: Début de la session matinale sur la rivière. Deux pêcheurs pêchant chaque battement pendant 1 heure, un pêcheur contrôlant.
9h00: Terminez la première rotation. Préparez-vous pour la deuxième rotation.
9h15: Début de la deuxième rotation. Deux pêcheurs pêchant chaque battement pendant 1 heure, un pêcheur contrôlant.
10h15: Terminez le deuxième temps de rotation. Préparez-vous pour la troisième rotation.
10h30: Début de la troisième rotation. Deux pêcheurs pêchant chaque battement pendant 1 heure, un pêcheur contrôlant.
11h30: Terminez la session du matin. Pause déjeuner (non fournie) et entraînement aux rythmes de la rivière l'après-midi.
13h30: Début de la session de l'après-midi sur la rivière. Deux pêcheurs pêchant chaque battement pendant 1 heure, un pêcheur contrôlant.
14h30: Terminez la première rotation. Préparez-vous pour la deuxième rotation.
14h45: Commencez la deuxième rotation. Deux pêcheurs pêchant chaque battement pendant 1 heure, un pêcheur contrôlant.
15h45: Terminez le deuxième temps de rotation. Préparez-vous pour la troisième rotation.
16h00: Début de la troisième rotation. Deux pêcheurs pêchant chaque battement pendant 1 heure, un pêcheur contrôlant.
17h00: Terminer la session de l'après-midi. Ramenez les feuilles de pointage au lieu de réunion central (Fergus Sportsplex).

Dimanche 23 juin - 2ème jour de competition
Identique au 1er jour de compétition, sauf que:
Rendez-vous à 7 h et départ du parking Fergus Sportsplex pour les séances matinales sur la rivière.
17h-18h: Parking Fergus Sportsplex: pointage final, remise des prix et départ
Règles: Toutes les règles actuelles de FIPS-Mouche seront appliquées. Les compétiteurs doivent porter un VFI et des lunettes de protection en tout temps pendant les séances de compétition. Aucun VFI ou lunettes ne sera fourni. Une renonciation doit être signée par tous les concurrents. Aucun alcool ou cannabis n'est autorisé. Tous les règlements et modifications de règlements seront communiqués par courrier électronique à tous les inscrits avant les jours de compétition.
Transport: Les concurrents doivent conduire leurs propres véhicules vers / depuis les points d’accès à la rivière. Aucun bus ne sera fourni. Des cartes indiquant les directions et les points d’accès à la rivière ainsi que les temps de compétition entre rivières seront fournies.
Président du comité organisateur local et gestionnaire de projet: Ernie Kalwa (Elora, Ontario)
Email de contact:
Forum novateur Fly-Fisher: <insérer le lien ici>
Inscription: Limité à dix (10) équipes de 2 pêcheurs = 20 participants maximum.
Date d'ouverture d'inscription: 15 mai 2019
Date limite pour les inscriptions: 31 mai 2019
Formulaire d'inscription en ligne: (Google Forms)
Frais d'inscription: 80 $ CAN par pêcheur membre de la FFC. 85 $ pour les non-membres.
NOTE: Aucun repas ou déjeuner ne sera fourni - apportez votre propre déjeuner!
Payable: par virement de fonds Interac par courriel à, ou par chèque à l’ordre de: Fly Fishing Canada, à l’adresse ci-dessous. Les reçus seront envoyés par courrier électronique.
Adresse postale FFC:
Pêche à la Mouche Canada
a / s Todd Oishi
25874 102nd Ave
Maple Ridge, BC V2W 1K5
Bénévoles: Ce sera un tournoi contrôlé par les compétiteurs. Toutefois, les volontaires sont les bienvenus pour aider à installer du ruban adhésif en guise de marqueur de battement sur les rives du fleuve la veille de la compétition (vendredi 21 juin). Veuillez contacter
Hébergement: Aucun hébergement ne sera fourni. Les concurrents sont responsables de leur propre hébergement si nécessaire. Les suggestions locales comprennent:
Best Western Plus Hotel, Fergus Ontario: Téléphone: Sans frais 1-844-338-1171, Local: 519-843-2100
Site web:
Fergus-Elora Bed & Breakfast Association:
Service de navette aéroport: service RedCar. Site Web:

Permis de pêche de l'Ontario: Requis pour tous les pêcheurs, et peut être acheté en ligne:

Activité de financement: Cet événement est une activité de financement pour les Grands Frères Grandes Sœurs du Centre Wellington. Le produit net des frais d’enregistrement moins les dépenses sera reversé à cet organisme de bienfaisance local méritant. Les dons individuels sont encouragés.

Commanditaires pour cet événement

Opportunités de sponsoring: Contact

I am 99% certain that the ban on the bung will remain place, as the organizers are trying to eliminate the practice, as it has been stunting the growth of the competitors and sport in eastern Canada.

Except you, Johnny.  We will miss you at this one. :(


Update for May 17, 2019:
Please note that in an announcement this morning, the Squirmy Worm has now been officially banned by FIPS-Mouche. As a result of this new rule, effective immediately, the Squirmy Wormy is now officially banned by Fly Fishing Canada and is considered as an illegal fly for all Fly Fishing Canada sanctioned competitions and championships.

Article 29.10. Appendages that alter the original concept of an artificial fly or bodies made of moulded/shaped plastic, moulded/shaped silicone or moulded/shaped rubber are banned (moulded/shaped imitations of worms, eggs, baitfish, maggots, twisters…). Rubber or extruded round material, exceeding the bend, shank or eye of the hook is not allowed with exception of maximal diameter 0,53 mm used for leg imitations (diameter shall be checked with measuring gauge unstretched).

Rivers and Stream Fly Fishing / Re: Bucket List Rivers...
« on: May 15, 2019, 05:48:48 PM »
It's a great river, Marc! One of my favourites.

Thanks Brian! I've named your team "Slam Dunk" but feel free to provide another  name if you guys choose one.

Rivers and Stream Fly Fishing / Re: pike fight
« on: May 14, 2019, 09:36:51 AM »
Beautiful fish!

Rivers and Stream Fly Fishing / Bucket List Rivers...
« on: May 14, 2019, 09:29:03 AM »
I'm just curious as to which rivers you guys and gals are hoping to scratch off your bucket list this year?

I'd love to return to explore and fish a few more of the rivers and streams in the Rockies of Colorado, or wander the banks of the Madison and Yellowstone River in Montana, but unfortunately both of those dreams destinations will most likely have to wait until next year...

How about the  rest of you? What rivers on on this year's list and/or where do you wish that you could go...

A very interesting and insightful article on Team Success, shared by Karel Krivanec of the Czech Republic National Fly Fishing Team:

Games with frontiers (Trout Fisherman 522, p.86, April – May 2019)

Iain Barr wrote a comprehensive piece in TF 520, outlining England‘s new selection process and the Elite Performance Programme. He beoans the inexperience of some of our leading anglers at World and European level and goes to some lenght about the lenght of the selection process for those teams and the costs involved. But he misses one vital point when analysing why England teams do relatively poorly against anglers from outside the UK.

Let's assume, as an example, that the World Championship is being held in Italy. If the French anglers want to get experience of fishing the rivers involved, they can leave work at Friday lunchtime and be on that river by dinner-time. They can fish hard for two days and then be home on Sunday night, in good time for work the next day.

If a couple of England anglers want to do the same they have to book flights, hire a car, book an hotel, arrange the fishing, travell all day Friday, fish for two days and travel home on Monday. The costs alone become exorbitant.

What I would like to know is how our World Team fares compared to the other European teams when the competition is in New Zealand , Australia or Canada, venues that are a lot further away and where all European teams have to operate on a more level playing field.

Bob Preston, Marlborough, Whiltshire
Editor replies: We touched on your latter point in late 2016.(TF 490).England lagged markedly behind Continental "powerhouse" nations in those World Championships fished neither on home soil nor in contiguous countries. England had achieved 57 per cent of its medal success in such conditions: eight percentage points behind Italy , the next-poorest long distance travellers, and well behind the leaders in the category - France (93 per cent) and Belgium (80 per cent).

Karel wonders:
When I read the editor’s reply in 2016, I didn't understand what the author wanted to say, but I let it go. When I read it today as a response to another reader I was surprised again. I think the editor should not comment on what he does not understand. How did he get to those percentages? How Belgium got to his statement with the number of medals, which ranked eighth place in the historical table. Such a prestigious magazine should pay attention to what corresponds to the readers. However, one thing the editor did very good when he added a photo from the World Championship in Poland (2010) to the article. In addition to the bronze John Horsey stands two insignificant Czechs.

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