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Re: 2018 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships
« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2018, 01:55:22 PM »
A spot has opened for another team at this event. Please send an email to Todd Oishi if you'd like to reserve the spot for your team or wish to enter as an individual and be placed on a team with 4 other individuals: toishis@gmail.com
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Re: 2018 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships
« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2018, 08:24:51 AM »
We have 4 individuals and just need 1 more to complete their team. Please post here or email me if you'd like to join their team and participate at this event.
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Re: 2018 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships
« Reply #17 on: July 20, 2018, 03:31:03 PM »
Let me know if someone is looking for an extra angler for this comp!

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Re: 2018 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships
« Reply #18 on: July 20, 2018, 07:36:04 PM »
You're in Donny!  :)
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Re: 2018 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships
« Reply #19 on: July 31, 2018, 09:48:58 AM »
Good Day Everyone,
 
Please note that your registration fees for the 2018 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championship are due today (July 31st). Thank-you to those of you that have already submitted your payments and the registration and waiver forms. I need those that have yet to send their payments to do so by Interac e-Transfer to the following email address: toishis@gmail.com, and then send a message along with the password for the transaction so I’ll be able to complete the transaction.
 
Alternatively, you can mail* the registration and waiver forms, along with a cheque for $320.00 (CAD) to:
Todd Oishi
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* Please send a message to let me know that your cheque is in the mail.
 
As mentioned in my last update; Tunkwa Lake Resort has been holding cabins for the teams that are attending this year’s NALS, so please book your cabins as soon as possible, as they will be releasing them for the general public on July 31st. Here is Tunkwa Lake Resort’s contact information for booking your accommodations: Website:  https://www.tunkwalakeresort.com   /   Phone: 1-250-523-9697. There are also 2 hotels in the nearby town of Logan Lake if you prefer to use them instead.
 
Your prompt attention on this matter is greatly appreciated. Please contact me if you need more information or to discuss your payment.
 
Best regards,
Todd Oishi - Organizer of the North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championship
 
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Re: 2018 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships
« Reply #20 on: August 01, 2018, 10:52:48 AM »
A team is searching for fly fishers that would be interested in joining their team for the 2018 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships, which are being held in Merritt and Kamloops region of British Columbia from September 26 - 29, 2018 (no competition experience necessary).

The competition venues for this year's championship are: Tunkwa Lake West; Tunkwa Lake East; Roche Lake; Corbett Lake; and Batstone Lake. All of these venues are known for providing great angling experiences and producing very large rainbow trout!

If you would like to be a part of this team, consider this as your invitation to come and join in on this fun event. Please contact Todd Oishi at: toishis@gmail.com for more information or to submit an application for this team - or visit the website for this event: www.flyfishingchampionship.com

Please note that this event is sanctioned by both Fly Fishing Canada and Fly Fishing Team USA for their national ranking point systems.
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Re: 2018 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships
« Reply #21 on: August 18, 2018, 08:15:44 AM »
Update:

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: toishis@gmail.com 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!

Thank-you!
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Re: 2018 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships
« Reply #22 on: September 11, 2018, 05:54:06 PM »
ROTATION:
Group              Session 1 - Session 2  Session 3 - Session 4 - Session 5 - Session 6
Group A:           BREAK        Roche        Corbett      Batstone   Tunkwa E    Tunkwa W
Group B:           Roche         BREAK     Tunkwa W    Tunkwa E   Batstone      Corbett
Group C:         Tunkwa E    Tunkwa W     BREAK       Roche       Corbett       Batstone
Group D:          Batstone      Corbett      Roche        BREAK     Tunkwa W     Tunkwa E
Group E:          Corbett      Batstone     Tunkwa E    Tunkwa W    Roche         BREAK
Rested Sector: Tunkwa W    Tunkwa E    Batstone     Corbett          -             Roche
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Re: 2018 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships
« Reply #23 on: September 12, 2018, 05:22:51 AM »
With just two weeks before the start of this event, I'd like to mention a few items that require your attention.

REGISTRATION
Due to several last minute cancellations, we are trying to fill a few spots on a team for this year's championship, so please contact Todd Oishi if you or someone you know would like to attend this event and help us fill the void: toishis@gmail.com

GUEST REGISTRATION and FEES
Guests that are attending the Opening and Closing Ceremonies must be registered in advance, so we will have an accurate headcount for the caters. The fee of $35.00 can be paid at the Opening Ceremonies, but please email Todd Oishi at: toishis@gmail.com for advanced registration for all guests.

SCOREKEEPING EQUIPMENT
I’d like to remind everyone to bring along your own pen(s) for recording your fish on the scorecards that will be provided to the competitors at the Captains Meeting. You will also be responsible for providing your own large Ziploc Bag for keeping your scorecards dry (scorecards are printed on 9” X 11” paper sheets). Competitors are also required to have a time piece or watch for recording the time of their catch. Competitors will synchronize their time pieces prior to the start of each session, so they can adhere to the start and stop times for all 5 sessions, which are noted on the schedule that can be found on the official website for this event: http://flyfishingchampionship.com

SAFETY EQUIPMENT
Please remember to bring your life jackets and a spare one that you might have to loan to those that might need to borrow one. PFDs are mandatory for official practice and all competition sessions, and must be worn at all times while near the water's edge or in a boat. Please contact Todd Oishi as soon as possible if you need to borrow one. Eye protection (sunglasses or safety glasses) must be worn at all times during the sessions, as there is a distinct chance of injury due to the close proximity of your boat partner while casting and playing fish.

DROGUES
It is the responsibility of all competitors to provide their own drogues for this event, but I will have several loaners on hand for those that don't have one. I would also like to request that the competitors that have a spare drogue bring them along, so we ensure that there will be one for every boat. All loaner drogues will be assigned to a specific group, but please write your names on your drogue, so we can make sure that it will be returned to you at the conclusion of this event. We will only require 5 drogues per group, so at least 3 spare drogues will be assigned to each group in order to ensure that every boat will have one.

FOOD AND SNACKS
We will be providing each competitor with a bottle of water, snack, a piece of fruit and lunches on the 3 competition days, and the dinner at the Opening Ceremonies and Closing Ceremonies, which are included in your entry fees. It is the responsibility of the teams to provide additional drinking water and snacks for their team members. Please remember to carry a few extra bottles in your packs or refill your water bottle at the resorts, so you will stay hydrated!

AUCTION ITEMS
Please don’t forget about bringing your team’s item(s) for the auction (team and individual donations for the auction are always very much appreciated) to the Closing Ceremonies on Saturday evening at Corbett Lake Lodge. And please don’t forget to bring along your cheque book or cash and bid generously, as the proceeds of this event go to B.C. Children’s Hospital. Your donations and generosity goes a long ways towards helping the kids!

THWART BOARDS
The thwart boards will be delivered to the resorts on Saturday evening and very early Sunday morning, so they will be on hand for official practice sessions. Please remember to remove them from the boats and place and stack them neatly on the shore where you originally found them.

RESORT PAYMENTS AND BOATER OPERATOR LICENSES
Please remember to stop by the ranch house above Batstone Lake and the lodge at Corbett Lake to prepay the resort owners for your time spent on these private lakes. Those that don't have a boaters license should take the time to complete a brief questionnaire to qualify you to operate the resorts boats at Tunkwa and Roche Lake. Boaters Licenses are not required on the private lakes.

Please feel free contact me if you have any questions or require any assistance in your preparations and to make your time spent at this event as enjoyable as possible!


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Re: 2018 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships
« Reply #24 on: September 13, 2018, 07:59:58 AM »
SPECIAL RULE MODIFICATIONS FOR OFFICIAL PRACTICE SESSIONS ON ALL LAKE VENUES
- Teams are restricted to a maximum of 1 practice day and a single boat on the Batstone Lake venue.
- Teams are restricted to a maximum of 2 practice days and a single boat on the Corbett Lake venue.
- Teams are restricted to a maximum of 2 practice days and 2 boats on the Tunkwa Lake venue.
- Teams are restricted to a maximum of 2 practice days and 2 boats on the Roche Lake venue.

BOAT RESTRICTIONS* ON COMPETITION VENUES
- There is a maximum of 6 boats permitted at one time on the Batstone Lake venue.
- There is a maximum of 12 boats permitted at one time on the Corbett Lake venue.
- There is no maximum number of boats permitted at one time on the Tunkwa and Roche Lake venues (crowding won't be an issue).

* Teams are responsible for booking their practice times and boat reservations, and are encouraged to do so well in advance of their arrival.
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Re: 2018 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships
« Reply #25 on: September 13, 2018, 09:42:03 AM »
I'm please to announce that we will be using electric motors for the sessions on Batstone Lake. Having electric motors to move the boats around this lake should help to make our time spent on this venue a much more productive and enjoyable experience.

I do however need to find a few spare batteries, so we can ensure that there will be enough to serve as backups for the afternoon sessions. Please post here if you're able to loan your battery for the 3 days of the competition.

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Re: 2018 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships
« Reply #26 on: September 13, 2018, 09:47:54 AM »
UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 13, 2018:

2 drivers have been assigned in each Letter Group to transport 5 passengers and their gear to and from these venues. There will be 10 competitors per group, so there will be 2 vehicles to accommodate the competitors travel needs in each group.

The following competitors have kindly volunteered the use of their vehicles and are confirmed as drivers for transporting 5 of the competitors (including themselves) in their Letter Group on the 2 competition days that require transportation to and from the distant venues (Roche Lake, Corbett Lake, and Batstone Lake):

Team Cormorant Drivers:
Todd Oishi
Mike Oishi
John Nishi
Rob Stroud
Chris Puchniak

Team King Fisher White Drivers:
Kevin Cucheron
Mike Learmonth
Brian Danilkiewicz
Gerald Wolfe
Johnny Wilkinson

TRANSPORTATION AND CARE OF BATTERIES
The drivers for each group will be responsible for delivering the batteries to Batstone and bringing back with them to Tunkwa at the end of the day, so we can recharge for them for next day. Please double-check with the driver in your group to ensure that they have the spare batteries in their vehicle of you're fishing on Batstone Lake during an afternoon session. This will help to ensure that there are no issues with dead batteries in the afternoon sessions, so everyone will be happy!

TRANSPORTATION AND CARE OF MEASURING TROUGHS
The 5 drivers of Team Cormorant will be responsible for transporting the measuring troughs to each venue and collecting them once the session is over and before they depart for the next venue or home. Holes have been drilled into the measuring troughs and a piece of cord provided, so competitors can tie the measuring troughs to the oar locks on the boats, as we can’t afford to lose a single measuring trough or the competitors won’t be able to measure their fish. If you have a spare trough of your own, please bring it along with you as a backup and leave it on the dock in the event that someone loses their measuring trough…

TRANSPORTATION AND CARE OF DROGUES
It is the responsibility of every competitor to provide their own drogue, but several of the newer competitors don’t have one, so I will be bringing along my spare Minn Kotas and would ask that you bring along any spares that you might have, so we can ensure that there will be a drogue for every boat in your Letter Group. Competitors are free to use any style of drogue, but the loaners will all be cone-shaped Minn  Kotas. Please co-ordinate the disbursement of the drogues for your group upon your arrival at the venues, so every boat has one, and remember to remove and bring them with you for the next session at your next venue.

ROCHE LAKE VENUE
On the day that you drive to practice or compete at the Roche Lake venue, please drive the shortest and quickest route, which will take you through the cities of Logan Lake and Kamloops (see the attached map). Google Maps calculates the commute as being 1 hour 8 minutes, but I would allow 1 hour 30 minutes in case you encounter any traffic as you pass through the city of Kamloops.

GROUP DEPARTURE TIMES ON THE COMPETITION DAYS
Here are the Tunkwa Lake Resort departure times for the 3 competition venues that require drivers to transport the competitors in their group:
•   Vehicles depart for Roche Lake (morning session): 6:15am
•   Vehicles depart for Batstone Lake: 6:30am
•   Vehicles depart for Corbett Lake Resort: 6:45am
•   Vehicles depart for Roche Lake (afternoon session): 9:15am
Competitors must meet on the lawn at the picnic area across from the Resort’s Office.

It’s critical that we depart for the venues on time, as the first session of each day starts at 9:00am with the competitors being allowed to leave the dock/staging area 15 minutes in advance of the start of the session. This should allow everyone ample time to set up and view their venues. Don't be late or the shuttles will leave without you!!

BOAT OPERATOR LICENSES
Competitors that are planning to operate a boat need to take the "completed safety checklist for a rented boat" (only takes a few minutes to perform) that can be done with the boat managers at Tunkwa Lake Resort or Roche Lake Resort. It would be much appreciated by everyone and far more time effective to complete this process during their practice session days in order to save time...

OTHER ITEMS
The groups that are going to Roche Lake for the afternoon session will depart at 9:15am in order to allow that group to watch the end of the morning session and to sit down with their teammates for a debrief of the session and to enjoy a hot bowl of soup and a sandwich with coffee or tea that will be served in the resort’s restaurant (prepaid as a part of their entry fees). The morning session group is free to return home or sit and kick back and watch the afternoon session from the comfort of the balcony if they choose to stay enjoy the remainder or part of the day at the resort…

Please ensure that everyone synchronizes their watches and time pieces, so that everyone starts and finishes at the same time. Please signal by yelling, waving, or blowing a whistle to the other boats when the session starts and stops, as it might not always be possible to hear the start and stop signals from certain areas on the lakes.

At the conclusion of each session, any fish that are hooked while the flies are in the water or as they're being retrieved back to the boat after the session ends, are NOT eligible for scoring points.

Any fish that are landed while the boat is under the power of the motor (motor running) are not eligible for scoring.

Each participant is responsible for checking the accuracy of their scorecard, ensuring that their fellow competitor has crossed out the unused part of the scorecard and confirming this by signing it at the end of each period.
 
All scorecards must be handed to the sector judge immediately upon the boat arrival to the shore (even if a competitor blanks).

Competitors are prohibited from leaving the shoreline or docks until they've handed in their scorecards (missing or late cards will be disqualified).

And finally, please remember that competitors cannot power their motors while their fly line and/or their boat partner's fly line are in the water, as they could potentially chop-up or tangle the fly lines in the props and stall the motors and immobilize the boat…

Thank-you,
Todd Oishi - Head Organizer of the North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships
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« Reply #27 on: September 15, 2018, 06:42:54 AM »
RIDE SHARING AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Some competitors have asked if there are any competitors that are looking to share a cabin or recreation vehicles, or wish to carpool From the alower Mainland to Tunkwa Lake Resort. Please email me or post here if you have room in your vehicle or accommodations and I'll create a list.

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« Reply #28 on: September 16, 2018, 11:11:26 AM »
Madoka Myers is looking for someone to share a boat and practice with on the Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday leading up to this competition. Please post here or contact her directly: madoka@redstonemeadery.com

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« Reply #29 on: September 17, 2018, 06:06:16 AM »
I am asking for everyone's help to find a few more anglers for this event, as we are short 2 competitors. Therefore we need to find 2 anglers in order to ensure that every competitor has a fishing partner.

Please ask everyone that you think might be able to volunteer, and let me know if you can help locate someone.

I really need everyone's help with this!!
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