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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!
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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):
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AncX-7zkl7MCgpNs-KnHIjOvwygKyw?e=MvFnKJ

Let me know if questions/comments/concerns.

Thanks!
-Ernie.

Registrants:

Teams           
    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
            
Individuals           
    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):
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Main Rules: All the latest, current FIPS-Mouche Rules and Regulations will be in-effect for this competition.
Download the Rules from here: https://www.wffc2019.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/fips_rules_2019.pdf

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 ontffc@gmail.com the Waiver from this link:
https://1drv.ms/b/s!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.

COMPETITION SESSIONS:
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.

Schedule:
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: ontffc@gmail.com 
 
Innovative Fly-Fisher Forum: http://innovativeflyfisher.com/forum/index.php?topic=3439.msg26644#msg26644

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Just an update on the list of Registrants ("lucky" 13 so far):

Teams:

Endiables:         
Clint Goyette   
Brandon Higgs

Ian&Keefer:
Keefer Pitfield
Ian Troup

Ospreys:
Tom Irvine   
Ernie Kalwa 

Ken&Chris:
Ken  MacAulay
Christopher  Krysciak

Team On-Point:
Scott Voisin   
Shawn Jones             

Individuals:
Ivo Balinov   
Sorin Comsa   
Madoka Myers   

We're hoping for 3 more late-registrants, but no guarantee.

At this point, we will need to rotate through 5 river beats. Unless anybody has other suggestions, Groups A and B will have 7 anglers and 6 anglers respectively, with the 7th angler of Group A switching to Group B for the 2nd day.  In a group of 7 anglers, we will need to have two groups of 2 anglers on two beats, and one group of 3 anglers on a third beat. Anglers will stay with their beat-rotation group for both sessions on one day, for logistics of driving to/from beats, and also to rotate the starting controller position in each beat rotation.

Let me know if questions/comments/concerns.

Tight lines,
-Ernie.

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Hi folks,
Just a friendly reminder that we all need to wear PFDs on the river during competition sessions! Also, protective eyewear (sunglasses are fine). I know it sounds silly for the Grand River, but this is an insurance requirement, and anybody caught without these during comp sessions will have their session disqualified.
Remember too, it’s a public river, and we’re fishing on a weekend, so there could be recreational anglers on our beats. Just work around them, and tell them nicely that we’re holding small competition on specific sections. You can indicate the caution-tape boundaries, and they will probably move to outside the beats, but please don’t hassle anybody, as we want to leave a good impression that we’re not bullies, even if some of them are obstinate about their fishing spots. I think most of them will be off the water by 10am and not re-appear till after 4pm anyway.
Also: Any volunteers are welcome to come stake the river beats with me and Ian, et al, at 5pm, meet at Confederation Park in Fergus on Queen Street East.
Please review all the updates so far, for all rule modifications. There may be a 14th angler (a good local guy) joining us, so I will publish the beat rotations late tomorrow or early Friday morning along with the beat locations and maps. – by email and on the IFF forum page: http://innovativeflyfisher.com/forum/index.php?topic=3439.0 (on page 2 or 3).
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Hi folks!

With 13 anglers registered, we're working out the beat rotations.  We might need at least one volunteer to act as a controller, or even a "dummy angler" for both days, with the odd-angler count (13 instead of 12 or 14). So if anybody has a friend or buddy who could volunteer for one or both days, we can buy them lunch(es) and possibly get them some compensation in fly-gear from our sponsors.

Thanks!

My Blackberry is 519-240-9663 for those arriving early, for text-messages or emails if you would like suggestions of where to fish.  Official competition beat locations will be released by email and this forum late tomorrow night (Thursday) or early Friday morning.

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Hi again folks,

Just another quick update:

1.   Madoka Myers has canceled out of the competition, so we have an even number: 12 registered competitors. This will make for a simpler beat rotation, over 4 river beats with 3 anglers rotating one beat for each 3.5 hour session, as per the original press release and schedule.

2.   Ivo and Sorin have teamed up. So that makes for six 2-angler teams.

3.   The weather forecast for Elora/Fergus looks good for the weekend (although I would have preferred cloudy days). See capture below. So I expect the flow rate to be kept low on the Upper Grand out of the Shand Dam for comfortable fishing currents.

Tight lines,
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Hope you guys have a good comp! 

Good job on you Ernie for working so hard on this event (as you always do).
I will fish anywhere and find beauty in it.

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Thanks Chris!

Tom and I met up with Ken and Sorin on the river today. Tough fishing, but I think we all caught brownies.

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Hi folks,
Just a reminder!  CENTRAL MEETING LOCATION: Confederation Park, 295 Queen Street East, Fergus, Ontario  -- NOTE: NOT at the Sportsplex!!!

Beat Location maps: will be issued by 9am tomorrow morning (Friday), and hopefully sooner – by email and on the IFF forum webpage.

Schedule:
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 ALL scorecards back to Central Meeting Place (Confederation Park – NOT the Sportsplex!).

Sunday June 23 – 2nd Competition Day
Same as 1st Competition Day, except:
7:00am meet and depart from Fergus Sportsplex parking lot for morning river sessions.
5-6pm: Fergus Sportsplex parking lot: Final Scoring, Awards and Depart

Rules: All current 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. See also: All rules and rule-modifications will be circulated by email to all registrants prior to competition days.

Shared documents folder location (including PDF copy of this document, and other reference documents): https://1drv.ms/u/s!AncX-7zkl7MCgpNs-KnHIjOvwygKyw?e=MvFnKJ

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.

Ontario Fishing Licence: Required for all anglers, and can be purchased online:
https://www.ontario.ca/page/fishing-licence-canadian-residents
Ernie’s mobile: 519-240-9663 (text and emails and urgent phonecalls only please)
Thanks!
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A slight, but important correction! ALL meetings are at Confederation Park, Queen Street East, Fergus, and NO meetings are at the Sportsplex.

Thanks!
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Hi folks,
See attached PDF of the Beat Locations for this weekend’s competition!
Beat 1 = Powerline
Beat 2 = Confederation Park (Fergus Mills)
Beat 3 = Brewhouse
Beat 4 = Wilson’s Flats
I also saved this PDF to the Shared Documents OneDrive Folder:
Shared documents folder location (including PDF copy of this document, and other reference documents):
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Volunteers please meet today at 5pm at Confederation Park, Queen St East, Fergus to go marking the beats with caution tape and flag-markers.
My cell is 519-240-9663. Yesterday I marked a few of the beat-ends already. Let’s hope nobody removes them today or on the weekend, but I will have these maps printed for everybody for tomorrow (Saturday) morning’s kickoff meeting at Confederation Park at 6:30am.

Remember to bring and wear your PFDs!

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Hi folks,
It’s been suggested that all competitors bring the following items for the weekend tournament:
1.   Your PFD – to be worn at all times during fishing sessions.
2.   Binoculars -- if you have them, for controlling during the 3-angler rotation in each session, where each angler will control the other two for 1 hour.
3.   A Whistle – to signal the controller when you’ve caught a fish, in case you need to get his attention.
4.   Sunblock, bug-spray – especially for when you’re controlling at the riverbank.   
5.   Your own Lunch and Water!  NONE will be supplied.
I may have a few extra whistles, but not many.  I am preparing the competitor/controller kits, so let me know if you think of anything else we will need.
Thanks!
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Hi folks,
I have attached our Beat Rotation plan (and uploaded to the OneDrive shared folder location) from FFC Prez: Todd Oishi.
We will draw for Groups A/B/C/D tomorrow morning at 6:30am at Confederation Park on Queen Street East, Fergus, and draw for angler numbers, to find out our beat rotations for each of the two days.
I have pencils and pens (one of each, for each of you), but if you can bring your own, then it’s good if one pen stops working, or a pencil breaks. I have 12 competitor packages in zippered cases, including clipboards, large zip-loc bags, extra caution-tape and flag-markers (in case recreational anglers remove our original tape and markers), Rule Amendments, blank Waiver forms, etc.
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Good luck everyone!
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