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Dear Competitor,

Only 6 days left till our Grand River competition! So far, it looks like the weather forecast is acceptable for this coming week and for next weekend.

We have just 12 competitors registered. See the list below. We would like to have two more teams (4 more anglers) register to make the 16 angler minimum for a Level 4 NRP competition. Otherwise, currently this will be a Level 5 competition for National Ranking Points. Just 12 anglers will allow us to use 4 river beats, with 3 anglers rotating on each beat for each session.

I need two volunteers (each from different teams) to run the scoring program (Excel spreadsheet) which Ivo will provide. I can provide the laptop. Please contact me to volunteer.

We will publish the official beat locations with maps on Friday June 21st, and I have some of you who have volunteered to help mark the beats with caution tape and flag-markers on Friday late-afternoon/evening. Plan to meet at 5pm Friday at Confederation Park on Queen Street in Fergus. With at least 4 of us, it should take about 2 hours (5-7pm) to mark the river beats.

Please see the Rule Amendments below (and attached as PDF) as approved by the FFC Committee.
Please review all the documents provided in the shared documents folder online (Microsoft OneDrive folder):!AncX-7zkl7MCgpNs-KnHIjOvwygKyw?e=MvFnKJ

Let me know if questions/comments/concerns.



    Clint   Goyette   Endiables
    Brandon    Higgs   Endiables
    Keefer   Pitfield   Ian&Keefer
    Ian    Troup   Ian&Keefer
    Tom   Irvine   Ospreys
    Ernie   Kalwa   Ospreys
    Ken   MacAulay   Ken&Chris
    Christopher    Krysciak    Ken&Chris
    Scott   Voisin   
    Sorin   Comsa   
    Madoka   Myers   
    Ivo   Balinov   

RULE AMENDMENTS FOR THE 2019 Ontario Fly-Fishing Championship – June 22-23, 2019 Grand River                    

Version française disponible sur demande.

Version 1.0, Issued: 16 June 2019

Shared documents folder location (including PDF copy of this document, and other reference documents):!AncX-7zkl7MCgpNs-KnHIjOvwygKyw?e=MvFnKJ

Main Rules: All the latest, current FIPS-Mouche Rules and Regulations will be in-effect for this competition.
Download the Rules from here:

Update as of 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.

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).

In addition to the squirmy ban, there is one other important change in the FIPS Mouche Rules that should be highlighted to the competitors:

28.5. A dropper is an equal or smaller diameter monofilament side line to the leader used solely to attach a second or third fly other than the point fly. Only droppers may be used to attach flies whenever more than 1 fly is used by the competitor during that competition. Droppers without fly attached are not allowed. Should a fish break off one of the flies (snagging or double take) during playing the fish this should be seen as “within the rules” and the catch should be registered if eligible.

This is not much of a concern on the Grand River because of the one-fly rule, but it may be important if we have sessions on the Conestogo. What this rule also means is that there can be no tags left sticking out of a knot to help visibility or floatability of a leader, as short as the tags might be. All tags should be trimmed as close as possible to the knot.

WAIVER: There is a Waiver that must be signed by all competitors and witnessed, or you cannot participate. You can download, print, sign, scan and email the Waiver from this link:!AncX-7zkl7MCgpNtl_B5Cs2X6OPG5w?e=Yp2HaA

All Competitors MUST WEAR a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) / Life-Saving Vest/Jacket and protective eyewear at all times during the event when fly-fishing. Non-compliance = session(s) disqualified.

CENTRAL MEETING LOCATION: Confederation Park, 295 Queen Street East, Fergus, Ontario
Competition Sessions: 4 sessions (2 per day).
Competitors are responsible for their own transportation needs during both competition days, and all drivers must have their own valid driver’s license and automobile and liability insurance.
No meals or water will be provided, so please pack your own lunch for each competition day.
No fishing Policy: There is no moratorium on fishing the Grand or Conestogo rivers prior to the competition days.
Species counting: Brown Trout.

Morning Sessions: 8:00am- 11:30am. See Schedule below.
Afternoon Session: 1:30 - 5:00pm. See Schedule below.
Competitors meet and depart to river-beats from Confederation Park, Fergus.
Single Fly Only angling regulations apply to all Grand River beats.
Competitors may use up to 3 flies on a leader on the Conestogo River (if Conestogo River is used for beats).
3 competitors will share a single river beat.
River beats will be divided in half with each competitor fishing for 60 minutes on each half.
The middle of each beat will be identified by a coloured flag or ribbon tied to a tree or bush.
A coin toss will be used to determine in which half each competitor starts the session.
Competitors will rotate beat halves after 60 minutes.
There is 15 minutes time-allowance for rotating between beat halves on the river.
Each competitor takes a turn in the rotation, acting as controller for the other 2 competitors, standing at the bank, not in the river.
Controllers will remain at the middle beat divider to record fish.
All fish caught during the river sessions, regardless of size, will be scored as 25cm.
Fish verification for river sessions: Competitors are required to bring netted fish close enough to the riverbank to allow the controller to clearly identify and confirm the species as trout, and then release the fish into the river after the controller acknowledges the catch. Care is to be given to keep the netted fish in water at all times.
Upon the release of the fish, competitors are required to hold up their fly/flies and empty net for controller verification that the fish has been released and perform one overhead cast before fishing can resume.

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 (Confederation Park, Fergus).

Sunday June 23 – 2nd Competition Day
Same as 1st Competition Day, except:
7:00am meet and depart from Confederation Park for morning river sessions.
5-6pm: Fergus Confederation Park: Final Scoring, Awards and Depart
NOTE: If a beat session drawn contains 2 anglers instead of 3, provisions will be made to extend their session to 4.5 hours by allowing 1-hour rotations on each half of the beat, for 2-hours fishing total per angler, combined with 2 hours each controlling.

Rules: All current 2019 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:

Facebook Event Page:

There's still room for a few more competitors at this event, so please consider signing up and joining in on a fun and informative day spent on and off the water with a great group of angler!
No worries, Greg. Thanks again for coming out and sharing some of your patterns. I really enjoyed the time that we spent together at the fly tying nights.

I hope that our paths will cross some time soon, and hopefully it'll be on a body of water that's full of willing fish! :)
That’s too bad Todd. I really appreciate the effort you made in organizing these nights. I learned a ton and had some good laughs. Sorry I missed the last two but fishing took priority, I am sure you understand that one. All the best to you, Brian, Greg and all others that came out.
Just a friendly reminder that the Similkameen River closes for all competitors and their associates in 2 weeks (Monday, June 24th).

With a grand total of 36 competitors fishing on 6 teams and somewhat promising conditions in the forecast, this event promises to be the biggest, most challenging, and greatest Provincial Championship to date!

I'm sincerely looking forward to seeing and fishing with all of you at this event!

Rivers and Stream Fly Fishing / Re: Net
« Last post by Todd Oishi on June 11, 2019, 01:30:04 PM »
I have also been using the Snowbee 3-in-1 landing net with a rubber-coating mesh. I have been using it for the past 3 years, and haven't once had a hook get stuck in the mesh (I'm using barbless hooks of course). It's also a great competition traveling net, as it cuts down on the amount of gear you need to pack, and works just as well for stillwater angling as it does for rivers...

Here's a link to an online shop that sells the net:
Rivers and Stream Fly Fishing / Re: Net
« Last post by Ionut Cotinghi. on June 11, 2019, 12:59:56 PM »
Soldarini :-)
Here are the points that were earned at Competition #4 (Glimpse Lake Loch-Style Fly Fishing Competition) for the British Columbia Fly Fishing League's Leader Board (based on 26 competitors):


The Leader Board for the British Columbia Fly Fishing League has been updated to include these results...
Rivers and Stream Fly Fishing / Re: Net
« Last post by Alex Argyros on June 11, 2019, 08:41:51 AM »
What net do you use, Ionut?
Rivers and Stream Fly Fishing / Re: Net
« Last post by Ionut Cotinghi. on June 11, 2019, 08:19:02 AM »
I'm using a net with a rubberized fine mash and I don't have problems with hooks stuck in it. Of course it's happening every now and then but that's not an issue. Especially with barbless hooks.
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