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I will be the first one to admit that I am constantly learning new things and trying to be a more effective and efficient as both a recreational and competitive fly fisher. I honestly believe that the learning and need to improve will never end for a lot of us, and I come to realize that I have a lot more to learn about this sport, even though I have been fly fishing for 25 years and competitively for 15 of those years.

I have sought-out and received coaching from some of the top competitors and best fly fishing instructors in the England; Scotland; Wales; The Republic of Ireland; Czech Republic; Poland; Portugal; Spain; Italy; New Zealand; and several other countries, but if anything, the knowledge that I've obtained, along with the new innovations that are being shared on a daily basis thanks to the competitive fly fishing world/community, has taught me that we have so much more to learn and probably will never stop learning as our sport, techniques, flies, and equipment continues to evolve.

I have recently been focusing a fair amount of my attention on small stream stuff and tying real small flies, as I find myself, like many others, being so caught up in the "Euro nymphing craze" these days that I've been neglecting that part of my game.

I suppose that fishing (or preparing to travel to) new waters and different conditions will tend to force you to adapt, change up your game, and move out of your comfort zone...

So with that being said, what part of your game are you working on these days or feel that you need to work on??


With so many newcomers entering our sport, I thought it would be helpful if everyone took the time to share a few words of advice and encouragement to help them start off on the right foot and shorten the learning curve...

My best piece(s) of advice would involve the following:

1. Read books, magazines, online articles and blogs, and watch videos relating to techniques that will apply to the venue that you will be competing on (lake fishing, loch-style fishing, Euro nymphing, streamer fishing, dry fly fishing, etc...)
2. Spend time on the water practicing what you've learned.
3. Keep a journal and record your observations and findings (for future reference and asking questions).
4. Visit the competition venue and practice on it if and when it's allowed.
5. Practice your netting skills (equally as important as knowing how to catch the fish).
6. Be organized and reduce clutter in your vest or boat bags.
7. Ask questions and seek advice from those that are catching more fish than you.
8. Be observant and watch what the other competitors are doing differently than you IF they are finding greater success than you.
9. Always have a game plan, and more importantly, have a few backup plans if things aren't working for you!
10. Carry your journal for a quick reference, and write yourself a letter with advice and suggestions for times when things are not going your way!

Please feel free to add a few of your own piece of advice or observations, regardless of your skill level or the number of times that you've competed...

The 2018 Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championship are being held in Omagh, Northern Ireland from September 4th, 5th, and 6th. This championship will include 2 loch-style flishing sessions on the Lough Macrory and Straid Fishery, 2 river sessions on the Quiggery and Burn Dannet Rivers, and 1 lake bank fishing session on the Woodford Fly Fishery Pond.

This thread will be dedicated to sharing information, updates, photos, and the results of this championship, so please stay tuned to this thread for updates as they are made available...

Here's a link to the official website for the 2018 Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships, where you'll find information on the venues; teams; schedule; and official team and individual results as soon as they are made available:

Best wishes to all of the teams, and special good-luck wishes to both Canadian teams!!

Here are the names of the members of the 2 Canadian Teams:
Team Canada White:
John Beaven (B.C) - Manager
Donald Thom (Que) - Non-fishing Captain
Todd Oishi (B.C)
Colin Huff (Que)
Ivo Balinov (Ont)
Ian Troup (Ont)
David Forgeron (Ont)
Mike Learmonth (B.C.) - Reserve

Team Canada Red:
Ken MacAulay (N.S.) - Captain
Tom Irvine (Ont)
Sorin Comsa (Ont)
Peter Morrison (B.C.)
Gerald Wolfe (B.C.)



For those of you that have never heard of the British Columbia Fly Fishing League or are curious and thinking about joining our League, I thought that I would share with you a little information about who we are and what we do. I also encourage other members to share their experiences on this thread as well...

The British Columbia Fly Fishing League consists of a great group of fly fishers of all skill levels that are passionate about all things related to fly fishing and conservation...

We host well over a dozen fly fishing events throughout the year that include: friendly-spirited competitions, fly tying nights, fundraisers, river clean-ups, and fly fishing clinics...

Our fly tying nights are always an informative and fun night out on the town (the food and pie are to die for)...

We really enjoy socailizing at our events and swapping stories about "the ones that got away"...

We often start our days well before "the crack of dawn"...

We are definitely not "fair weather" fishermen and fisherwomen...

We always have a good time, regardless of whether or not Mother Nature cooperates or the fish are willing to come out and play...

Occasionally our timing is perfect, so we're able to enjoy a productive and great day on the water...

We like to involve our families and friends in our activities whenever possible...

We share our knowledge with other members of the League, and hold clinics to help inspire others to join in on the fun...

We hosted the Conservation Symposium at the 2016 National Fly Fishing Championships...

The vast majority of our members have participated at some of North America's biggest and grandest fly fishing championships...

Over the years, our League has produced some pretty amazing and seriously talented fly fishers and top-ranked competitors...

We are seriously committed to mentoring and working with youths, and have sent over a dozen of the youths in our League to major international fly fishing championships, such as the North American Loch-Style Championships, America Cup, and the Youth World Championship in far away countries...

The members of our League have volunteered for 2 Provincial Championships, the Canadian Nationals, several NALS, and will be hosting next year's Youth National Fly Fishing Championships...

We spend our money and donate funds to help support the local communities and fishing-related projects where our events are being held...

Basically... we are a fun and great group of anglers that share a common bond and friendship through fly fishing and friendly-spirited competition...

And last, but not least, I almost forgot to mention that we love to catch (and release) fish...

So, if you want to increase your knowledge of fly fishing and skill level, and are interested in joining our group, please contact Todd Oishi at: or Chris Puchniak at: for more information on how you can become a member!

I sincerely hope that you'll consider signing up and participating at some of our upcoming competitions or joining us for one of our fly tying nights at some point in the future!


Dates: September 15 & 16, 2018
Location: Diable River, Mt. Tremblant, Quebec
Format: 4 competitor controlled sessions (two sessions per day of 2h session)
Rules: Fly Fishing Canada Competition Rules
National Ranking Points: Level 3 (650 points) or Level 4 (600 points) depending on number of registered competitors. 20 competitors: Level 3; Between 16 and 19 competitors: Level 4.   
Registration Fee: $20 for members of Les Moucheurs Endiable and $60 for non-members.
Limited space. Registration on first come first serve basis.
For registration and information please contact Ciprian Rafan at
The entry fee must be paid in full prior to the competition in order to be registered.

Dates: 15 & 16 septembre 2018
Emplacement: Rivière du Diable, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
Format: 4 sessions contrôlées  (2 sessions de 2h chaque par jour)
Règlements: Les règles de compétition appliquées par pêche à la mouche Canada
Système de point Nationaux: Niveau 3 (650 points) ou Niveau 4 (600 points) dépendamment du nombre de compétiteurs inscrits. 20 compétiteurs: Niveau 3. Entre 16 et 19 compétiteurs: Niveau 4.   
Frais d'inscription: $20 pour les membres Moucheurs Endiablés et $60 pour les non-membres.
Places limitées; Premier arrivé, premier service.
Pour inscription ou pour toutes questions, contactez Ciprian Rafan à l'adresse:
Les frais d'inscription doivent être entièrement payés pour que l'inscription soit considérée complète.

Fly Fishing General Discussions / How Low Do You Go?
« on: July 24, 2018, 03:00:19 PM »
Anglers are often concerned about the diameter of their tippet spooking fish, but are even more concerned about the potential of breaking-off fish as a result of going to light.

I tend to use the lightest tippet possible in order to match the size and strength of the fish size; the targeted fish species; and the resistance of the current. But having said that... I often take the gamble and go really light if the fish are heavily pressured and leader-shy, as I'd rather catch lots of small and medium size fish instead worrying about losing the occasional larger fish and sacrificing my presentation...

In most situations while targeting trout, I'm using 5X for lakes and 7X for rivers, even if there is the hope of encountering the occasional large fish in the mix. I'll use fluorocarbon if I feel the need to increase the breaking strength of my leader without increasing the diameter..

How about the rest of you? How low do you go?!?

Fly Fishing General Discussions / Are you a Biter or a Nipper?
« on: July 23, 2018, 07:36:57 AM »
While teaching my dentist how to fly fish, I noticed that he was keeping a sharp eye on my to see if I was biting my tippet while trimming my knots, as in the past, he constantly tells me that I should be using nippers and shouldn't bite my leader, as it has been doing some minor damage to my teeth.

So, in order to avoid another lecture, I used my nippers that day, except whenever I knew he was preoccupied and his attention was focused on rising trout...

So, my question for all of you is, are you a biter or a nipper when it comes to trimming your knots?!?

Todd, the closet biter...

Here's a message that was forwarded to me regarding the 23rd Annual Trojan Pond Fundraising Fly Fishing Tournament. Please note that this is a fun event and excellent fundraiser for the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, but it should be noted for those that are actively chasing competition points for the leader boards, this is not a FFC or BCFFL sanctioned event. It is a very worthy cause and great event regardless!! :)

Hello Fly Fishers,

It is time to register for the 23rd Annual Trojan Pond Fundraising Fly Fishing Tournament!  This year the tournament will be on Saturday August 18th , 2018. First, I would like to again thank everyone who supported the tournament last year and helped to raise $7,900 for the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
This year we will continue to provide the usual hearty breakfast and lunch and will streamline the registration process and the live auction so there will be more time for fishing.  We are again requesting participants to donate an item for the auction.  If possible, please send the donated item in advance, or let us know what you plan to bring so we can advertise it appropriately.  You can contact Melissa Pinyon at 250-523-3869 or to arrange for the auction item to be picked up. 
Will have four team awards, most fish caught by a female, two hidden fish awards there will again be a grand door prize, that will be drawn at the end of the tournament (the winner will have to be present in the building to claim the prize).
Please forward one cheque for $210, payable to Teck Highland Valley Copper Partnership to cover the $60 entry fee and $150 donation to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation. We will forward your $150 donation to the Foundation and they will send you a charitable donation tax receipt.  If you wish to receive a charitable donation tax receipt for materials donated for the auction please bring the original receipt for the value of the product to the derby and submit it at registration to Melissa Pinyon.
If you know of anyone that would be interested in attending please feel free to share the invite.

Just a reminder that on Saturday August 18th there will be no judge boats all fish will be recorded and a photo will be taken by the fisherman. PLEASE BRING OWN CAMERA as one will not be provided. (SD card compatibility)

Many anglers have requested that they would like to pay in advance for the Raffle of Choice. This year we have a number of great raffle items up for grabs. If you wish to purchase raffle tickets, please include the additional $20 with your registration, or bring extra money to the derby.
To ensure your spot at the 23rd Annual Fundraising Fly Fishing Trojan Pond Tournament please register by July 31, 2018.

To prevent the spread of zebra and quagga mussels all participants MUST wash their boat and equipment prior to event. See page attached for more information.
Remember, tight lines and sharp barbless hooks. Register as soon as possible to ensure entry and avoid missing out. See you August 18th!

Yours truly,
Melissa Pinyon                                                   
Community Affairs Officer                       


This thread is dedicated to discussions, news, updates and results for the 2018 World Fly Fishing Championship, which is being held in Terme di Comano, Italy from September 17 to 23, 2018.

The 38th FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship will be held along two rivers: Sarca river and Noce River. The first one comes from the glaciers of the Adamello and flows into Garda Lake, from where it exits with the name of Mincio. 77 km separate the spring from the lake. The second one comes from Corno dei Tre Signori Moutain, at 3360 meters, inside Stelvio National Park.

The championship will have 1 river session on the Noce River; 3 river sessions on the Sarca River; and 1 bank fishing session on Lago di Cornisello.

Here is the official website for the 2018 World Fly Fishing Championship:


This thread is dedicated to discussions, news, updates and results for the 2018 Youth World Fly Fishing Championship, which is being held in Myczkowce, Poland from August 6 to 12, 2018.

The championship will have 4 river sessions on the San River, and 1 loch-style fishing session on Myczkowce Reservoir.

Here is the official website for the 2018 Youth World Fly Fishing Championship:


Innovative Fly Fisher Forum's Fly Tying Night will be held in the private dining room at the Home Restaurant in Maple Ridge from 6:00pm - 9:00pm on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. This will be the final fly tying night before the summer break (we will resume the fly tying nights in September. Everyone is welcome to attend our open fly tying nights and join in on a fun and informative night out on the town!

The theme for July's Fly Tying Night will be "Fly Patterns for the Similkameen River"... Fly tyers are free to tie whatever they'd like to tie. I'll leave the floor open to others that are willing to share a few of their favorite pattern(s).

This is a great chance for you to refill the vacant slots in some of your fly boxes, and prepare for next season's recreational angling trips and competitions. It's also a great way to learn a few new tips and meet some other fly tyers in your region, and join in on the conversations/fishing stories from this past season and plans for this season...

The Home Restaurant is a family-oriented restaurant, so youths are welcome. They aren't charging us for the use of their private banquet room for our tying nights, but the deal is that you'll have to order either a meal or appetizer, or a pie and coffee, tea, or pop in order to fill a spot at the table - I can personally testify that they make the best coffee and pies in town!!!

This is truly a fun time with a great group of people/fly tyers. It's also a great way to hone your fly tying skills and learn some new patterns, so please consider coming out to join in on the fun and share a few laughs! Newcomers to the forum and non-members are most welcome at this and all of our events!! :)

Please email Todd Oishi at: or post on this thread if you plan to attend, so I can get an accurate headcount for the seating.

List of attendees:
1. Todd Oishi
2. Brian Danilkiewicz
3. Brian Hamanishi
4. Mark Yodogawa
5. Greg Buerk
6. Chris Lester
7. Rob Lester


Here's the address for the Home Restaurant:
21667 Lougheed Hwy
Maple Ridge, BC
V2X 2S2
Phone: 604-476-1600


Eastern Canada's premier lake fishing tournament is back. This time 4 person teams. Kenauk Nature will be hosting the 2019 Canadian National Championships so this is your chance to experience the venues in a competitive setting.
Dates: Oct 27 & 28: 2018
Registration is open: first-come first serve. Space is limited, get your spot now! Contact Ivo Balinov to register:

Here are the results of today's Draw:


Call to Arms, 2019 World Masters Championship, South Africa.

Fly Fishing Canada is seeking applicants for positions on our National Team that will be participating in the 5th FIPS-Mouche Masters World Fly Fishing Championship, 9-16th February 2019, Dullstroom South Africa. Competition format will be four sessions of three hours. One River (bank) Session on the Spekboom River near Lydenburg and three Stillwater (boat) Sessions on Nooitgedaght, near Lydenburg, The Lochs, near Belfast and the Town Dam in Dullstroom. Species will be Brown and Rainbow trout. There is no website at the moment but additional details can be sent by email if requested.

This championship is growing in stature every year and is open to anglers that will be over 50 years of age at any point in the 2019 calendar year.

To be eligible to apply for these teams, you must have competed in an FFC National Championship and Conservation Symposium. Team selections will be made by a selection committee made up of members of your Board of Directors plus two past captains of international competitions, that are not members of the Board. The selection committee will vote to select four competitors for the team, plus the alternate, whose role will be made clear at the time of their acceptance of that position on the team.
The process of selecting the teams will be based mainly on three years of NRP rankings starting with 2017 and working back.
Other deciding factors in the team selections will include;
- a "team first" mentality
- a specific skill set suited to certain venues
- a great ambassador for Canada and FFC at international events.
The World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) will be performing random drug tests on the competitors at this event. All applicants are required to visit WADA’s website and review the list of banned substances before submitting an application:

If you would like to apply for the teams, contact Todd Oishi at
Application deadline is Saturday 30th June, 2018. The team will be announced by Saturday 28th July.
The Board has decided that in the future teams will be selected sufficiently in advance to allow for pre-fishing of the venues and time for effective fund raising.
Donald Thom
Chair of FFC National Teams

Appel aux armes, 2019 World Masters Championship, Afrique du Sud.
Fly Fishing Canada est à la recherche de candidats pour des postes au sein de notre équipe nationale qui participera au 5e Championnat du monde de pêche à la mouche FIPS-Mouche Masters, du 9 au 16 février 2019, à Dullstroom en Afrique du Sud. Le format de la compétition sera quatre sessions de trois heures. One River (bank) Session sur la rivière Spekboom près de Lydenburg et trois sessions Stillwater (bateau) sur Nooitgedaght, près de Lydenburg, les Lochs, près de Belfast et le barrage de la ville de Dullstroom. Les espèces seront la truite brune et la truite arc-en-ciel. Il n'y a pas de site web pour le moment mais des détails supplémentaires peuvent être envoyés par email si demandé.
Ce championnat prend de l'ampleur chaque année et est ouvert aux pêcheurs qui auront plus de 50 ans à n'importe quel moment de l'année civile 2019.
Pour être admissible à présenter une demande pour ces équipes, vous devez avoir participé à un championnat national FFC et à un symposium sur la conservation. Les sélections d'équipe seront faites par un comité de sélection composé de membres de votre conseil d'administration et de deux anciens capitaines de compétitions internationales, qui ne sont pas membres du conseil. Le comité de sélection votera pour sélectionner quatre concurrents pour l'équipe, plus le remplaçant, dont le rôle sera clairement défini au moment de leur acceptation de ce poste dans l'équipe.
Le processus de sélection des équipes se fondera principalement sur trois années de classement du PNR à partir de 2017 et sur le retour en arrière.
D'autres facteurs décisifs dans les choix d'équipe incluront:
- Une mentalité de "l'équipe d'abord"
- un ensemble de compétences spécifiques adapté à certains lieux
- Un grand ambassadeur pour le Canada et FFC lors d'événements internationaux.
L'Agence mondiale antidopage (AMA) effectuera des tests de drogues aléatoires sur les concurrents lors de cet événement. Tous les candidats sont tenus de visiter le site Web de l'AMA et de consulter la liste des substances interdites avant de soumettre une demande:
Si vous souhaitez postuler pour les équipes, contactez Todd Oishi à
La date limite d'inscription est le samedi 30 juin 2018. L'équipe sera annoncée le samedi 28 juillet.
Le Conseil a décidé qu'à l'avenir les équipes seront sélectionnées suffisamment à l'avance pour permettre la pré-pêche des sites et le temps nécessaire pour une collecte de fonds efficace.
Donald Thom
Président des équipes nationales de FFC

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