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We currently have 9 teams registered for this year's North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championship (NALS), but need one more team in order have an even number of competitors in each boat, so I am looking for 5 individuals that would like to participate at this year's event and fill the vacant spots in the boats. No previous experience necessary, as you will be paired with experienced competitors for all 5 sessions.

Anyone that is interested can contact Todd Oishi at: for more information or to register for this event. This is an excellent opportunity to fish with some of the top Canadian and U.S.A. National Team Members and competitors, and to learn more about the loch-style fishing technique and lake fishing in general.

This is also a major fundraiser for B.C. Children's Hospital Fund, with over $158,000.00 being raised over the past 7 years! It is also an event that is designed to help coach and mentor young fly fishers to improve their skills and knowledge of our sport!

It's a real fun and informative event, and an opportunity to rub elbows with some top fly fishers and great people, so don't be shy, and please consider signing up and giving it a try. I can guarantee that you will have a great time and become a better angler and make a lot of new friends as a result of your participation at this event!


Best wishes for lots of fishes!! 🐟🐟🐟

Thanks guys!

The rivers in Ireland are lower than what is typically experienced for this time of year, so hopefully they will get some rain before the championship starts.

Stay tuned for updates as they are made available...

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??

Fly Fishing General Discussions / Re: In-water sighter/indicator
« on: August 16, 2018, 08:00:50 AM »
Great topic, Alex!

I use "in-water sighters" for various conditions and types of water, and find them to be extremely helpful at times.

Even using something as simple as a brightly-coloured bead or highly-visible hot-spot on the nymph or streamer can make all of the difference.
 Just watch and track the movement of the hot-spot on the nymph and set the hook when it disappears...

Todd thanks for keeping this list up to date.

What are your thoughts on including the individual competitors home province in this list?  It might invoke a bit of provincial rivalry?  but I think that would be a good thing.


Thank-you for the excellent suggestion, Gaby!

Please note that I've added the home provinces for all of the competitors. It is the competitors' responsibility to check for accuracy and contact me if you notice any errors.

Todd Oishi

Updated with the results of FFC# 2018-15: ACFFL Alberta Fly Fishing Championship's Results (4 river sessions)...

Congratulations to the team and individual medalists!
Here are the NRPs that were earned at this event:

Team Results after Session Five of the 2018 Youth World Fly Fishing Championship:

Individual Results after Session Five of the 2018 Youth World Fly Fishing Championship:

Team Results after Session Four of the 2018 Youth World Fly Fishing Championship:

Individual Results after Session Four of the 2018 Youth World Fly Fishing Championship:

Here's what Lance Egan, of Team USA, had to say about nymphing rods:
"Im unsure of the most used nymphing rods in the USA, but I see Sage ESN HD rods the most among my peers. Cortland has provided some great entry level and mid price point specialty nymphing rods that have been very popular as have Orvis, Echo and many other rod makers. My favorites include the 10 3 weight Sage ESN HD, Cortland 10.5 3 weight MK II, and 10 3 weight Orvis Recon."

I tend to agree about the ESN, as it is my personal (and my teammates')  favourite rod for nymphing!

I hope this helps! :)

Never be timid or afraid to enter into the world of competitive fly fishing. Consider each competition as a clinic and way to learn new patterns and productive techniques, and make new friends.

It's equally as important to always remember that the only person that you need to impress or measure your performance against, is yourself...


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...

Team Results after Session Three of the 2018 Youth World Fly Fishing Championship:

Individual Results after Session Three of the 2018 Youth World Fly Fishing Championship:

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.)

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