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Fly Fishing Competitions and Events / Re: Nationals 2018
« on: November 17, 2017, 07:05:56 PM »
Just to update this thread, after discussing this with the organizer, it was confirmed earlier tonight that the 2018 Canadian National Fly Fishing Championships will be held in Ontario on the Grand and Connestoga Rivers in early June, 2018.

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IMPORTANT UPDATE!

Please note that due to the Grey Cup Game; scheduling issues; and venue bookings problems... the date for this event will changed to the first available Sunday in early January .

Please stay tuned for the date for this event, which will be posted as soon as the venue can be confirmed and secured.

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IMPORTANT UPDATE!

Please note that due to the Grey Cup Game; scheduling issues; and venue bookings problems... the date for this event will changed to the first available Sunday in early January .

Please stay tuned for the date for this event, which will be posted as soon as the venue can be confirmed and secured.

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IMPORTANT UPDATE!

Please note that due to the Grey Cup Game; scheduling issues; and venue bookings problems... the date for this event will changed to the first available Sunday in early January .

Please stay tuned for the date for this event, which will be posted as soon as the venue can be confirmed and secured.

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Please note that there is only 4 weeks remaining for competitors to purchase your 2017 Fly Fishing Canada Competitor Cards.

In order for a competitor's National Ranking Points to be retained on the annual list and carried over to the next season's NRP Leader Board, all competitors must have registered for the current 2017 season. If you have not registered by paying the $30.00 fee for the 2017 season your name will be dropped from the list. 

Please note that just because your name is currently on the published NRP lists does not imply that you have paid you current fee, as the names from the previous year are used for a limited duration.

FFC will accept registration payment via cheque and e-transfer up until December 15th 2017, so please don't delay and send your today! :)

Please send your name and e-transfer to: Flyfishingcanada2@gmail.com

Thank-you!

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Thank-you to all of the competitors that submitted applications for the teams going to the 2018 World and Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships. Teams will be announced on or before Friday 15th December.

Please remember to purchase your competitor cards if you've submitted your application and even if you didn't.
Click on the following link for more information and to purchase your 2017 Competitor Cards, which will allow you to retain the NRPs that you've earned this season: http://innovativeflyfisher.com/forum/index.php?topic=3034.msg24027#msg24027

Cheers,
Todd

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Competition Angling General Discussions / Re: World Champions
« on: November 15, 2017, 12:03:15 PM »
Thanks again for sharing your insight and thoughts, Robbie! Your efforts and thoughtfulness towards our Canadian teams is always appreciated and respected!

Just to add to this even further... I honestly believe that the fishing is a little too easy and far less pressured here in Canada in comparison to the European rivers and lakes that receive so much more angling pressure, which in reality makes it more difficult for the Canadians to adapt and achieve top results as the championship progresses and the fishing pressure increases on the venues.

I've observed time-and-time-again how our national teams start out with a decent placing in the early standings of a championship, but gradually drops in the standings during the latter part of the championship. This in my mind is due to the fact that we perform better on less-pressured waters and fail to keep up with the pack as the fish become more wary and difficult to catch. 

This is definitely a fault in our team's performance that we need to address and work on! Having a good coach to steer the team prior to; during official practice; and during the competition sessions could make all of the difference IF the team selections produce a team that is comprised of strong anglers.

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Please note that today is the final day for submitting your applications for the 2 Canadian National Fly Fishing Teams for the 2018 World Fly Fishing Championships (Italy) and 2018 Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships (Ireland).

Thank-you!

Todd

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British Columbia Competitive Fly Fishing League's 2017 Season Finale and Awards Ceremony

Date: IMPORTANT UPDATE!

Please note that due to the Grey Cup Game; scheduling issues; and venue bookings problems... the date for this event will changed to the first available Sunday in early January .

Please stay tuned for the date for this event, which will be posted as soon as the venue can be confirmed and secured.


Location: The Ranch Pub & Grill at the Maple Ridge Equestrian Center at 21973 132nd Avenue, Maple Ridge, B.C. 604-467-5616
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost: $15.00 per adult (meal and 1 drink included)

This is an open invitation to all forum members, spouses, friends, family, league members and non-league members. It would be great to have as many of you as possible at this event! So consider this as your invitation to come out to support the youth team members and celebrate the end of the 2017 season, and recognize the accomplishments of the competitors/members of the British Columbia Competitive Fly Fishing League.

This year has been a great season with many fantastic competitions (and some very challenging ones as well). This season there has been a total of 8 competitions held within British Columbia (4 rivers and 4 stillwaters), with an total of 60 competitors competing at these competitions and championships.

The results from those competitions have been recorded on the British Columbia Competitive Fly Fishing Leader Board, but with only the Mill Lake competition remaining (November 5th) before the 2017 season comes to an end, so it’s anyone’s guess as to who will rise to the top in the standings and categories. Medals and trophies will be presented for both the adult and youth categories at the season finale and awards ceremony on Sunday, November 26, 2017.

Here are the categories for this year's awards:

Overall Categories:
• River Champion (highest points earned at river competitions)
• Stillwater Champion (highest points earned at stillwater competitions)
• Largest Catch - Stillwaters (based on the number of fish scored)
• Largest Catch - Rivers (based on the number of fish scored)
• Most Sportsmanlike
• Service Award - Special Presentation

Adult Categories:
• Competitor of the Year (overall champion on the Leader Board)
• Top 3 Adult Competitive Fly Fishers for British Columbia (over 18 years old)
• Female Competitor of the Year
• Rookie of the Year
• Most Improved Competitor (Rivers and Lakes Combined)

Youth Categories:
• Competitor of the Year (overall champion on the Youth Leader Board)
• Top 3 Youth Competitive Fly Fishers for British Columbia (12 – 18 years old)
• Rookie of the Year (Youth) 
• Most Improved Competitor (Youth)
 

Spouses, children and parents, as well as non-league members are invited and most welcome to attend this event. This will provide a great opportunity for your parents, spouses, and children to meet the parents, spouses, and children of your fellow league members and share in some stories of the good times, memories, and friendships that we’ve built over this past season. It’ll also allow them to share the experience and perhaps better understand why we’re so willing to brave the elements, and better understand why we're so passionate (and obsessed) about this great sport!

Please post a reply on this thread or email Todd Oishi at: info@innovativeflyfisher.com in order to register for this event (I need an accurate head-count for the booking).

List of registered attendees:
1. Todd Oishi
2. Robyn Oishi
3. John Wilkinson
4. Tina Wilkinson
5. Paul Davidson
6. Cindy Davidson
7. Chris Puchniak

Here's a link to the leader board with the current standings: http://innovativeflyfisher.com/forum/index.php?topic=2869.msg22878#msg22878

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Competition Angling General Discussions / Re: World Champions
« on: November 08, 2017, 11:40:43 AM »
What will it take for Canada to become World Fly Fishing Champions in the Team event?

Great question, Robbie! This is a topic that has been raised for discussion ever since Fly Fishing Canada entered its first team at the Worlds.

Quite a few thoughts and opinions have been expressed and experimented with over the years. Some helped to make a difference - with Canada finishing in the Top Ten several times and putting a Canadian on the podium at the WFFCs in 2009 - and unfortunately some had very little effect at all...

Without the intention of offending anyone; here are a few of my thoughts and recommendations regarding this subject:
1. Develop a more effective national ranking system for team selections, so we can properly identify which competitors would be best suited for the venue and the format (rivers or lakes) of the WFFC (FFC's NRP system has recently been overhauled and the new and improved version will be revealed and used for the 2018 season and going forward).
2. Securing sponsors and fundraising projects to ensure that Canada's best competitors are attending the WFFCs, rather than just those that can afford to so. Often, some of our best competitors cannot go due to the costs that are associated with attending the WFFCs.
3. Selecting teams 16 - 18 months in advance, so the team members will have the opportunity to travel and prefish the competition venues (during the same time of year as the upcoming WFFC) and gather as much intel as possible for their team.
4. Coordinate team practice/training sessions several months before departing for the WFFC in order to increase the skill level of the entire team, give them some items to work on, and help create a strong bond between the team members and coaching staff.
5. Pre-fishing the actual competition venues around the same time of year as the competition, and preferably during a competition, so more effective data and intel can be gathered for the team that will be fishing the upcoming WFFC that's being held on that venue.
6. Maximizing the potential benefits of the role of reserve, so we can have "specialists" (river and lake) that will allow our teams to create a single strong result from the 2 team members that swap out for each other during the championship.
7. Hiring international coaches that are high-caliber competitors (previous world championship experience and medals) that are very familiar with the competition venues and how to fish them, and will coach the team members during the pre-fishing trips, practice sessions, and the actual championship itself.
8. Having a non-fishing captain with several years of international competition experience that will quarterback and supervise the team; layout what is expected of the team members; ensure that the team is getting proper rest and nutrition; and making the tough calls when necessary.
9. Team members must committed to attend as many competitions as possible and spend an enormous amount of time on the water practicing on their own in order to train and prepare for the upcoming WFFC.
10. The team members should train and practice together, so they can observe and analyze each of their team mates in order to critique and offer them some advice on how they could improve their technique and cover the water more effectively. 
11. Team members arriving a minimum of 7 days before the event begins, so they can acclimatize to the time difference (and elevations) and ensure that they will have enough time to not only practice, but also view all of the venues.
12. It must be reinforced to all of the team members that this is a team sport first and foremost, and it is their duty to always remember and focus on the team's performance and not their individual results.

I wish that there was a simple answer that could make it possible at the WFFC level, but even with all the money in the world, we can only expect as much effort and performance out of our teams as we put into our team selection process and the preparations for the upcoming championship...

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Just a reminder about tonight's fly tying night. The pattern that I'll be demonstrating is extremely effective and definitely a "must have fly" for all competitive and recreational fly fishers...

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Here are the individual and team medalists for this event (photo credits to Megan Oishi):


Individual Medalists: Mike Learmonth, Gord Dykstra, and Johnny Wilkinson


Gold Team Medalists: Johnny Wilkinson and Gord Dykstra


Silver Team Medalists: Callum Learmonth and Mike Learmonth


Bronze Team Medalists: Matt Dirksen and Chris Puchniak

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2017 SEASON FINAL RESULTS FOR THE BCCFFL LEADER BOARD:

Here is the final 2017 Leader Board of the British Columbia Competitive Fly Fishing League, which includes the results of 8 competitions with 60 competitors, with the November 5th Mill Lake Loch-Style Fly Fishing Competition being the most recent addition. I'm very pleased that we had a total of 7 ladies participate at the British Columbia Competitive Fly Fishing League's competitions this season!




Here is the 2017 Youth Leader Board of the British Columbia Competitive Fly Fishing League:



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Here is Fly Fishing Canada's current NRP Leader Board, which included the results of the final competition of the 2017 Season.



Please note that only competitors that purchased their $30.00 competitor cards will remain on this leader board and will retain their NRPs for the 2017 Season, so please contact Chris Puchniak before December 15th if you wish to purchase your competitor card and be included on the NRP Leader Board and support Fly Fishing Canada!

Competitors competition results for the 2-017 Season, that are not currently listed on this leader board, can purchase their $30.00 competitor card in order to be added to Fly Fishing Canada's National Ranking Points Leader Board.

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Here are the NRPs that were earned at the final competition of the 2017 Season:

FFC# 2017-22: Mill Lake Loch-Style Competition (2 lake sessions)





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