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REGISTRATION OPENS at 12:00pm (PST) on DECEMBER 10, 2019!!!

Competition Dates: June 20 - 27, 2020
Maximum Number of Participants: 60 competitors / 12 teams (there should ideally be either 9 or 12 teams, as this is a competitor controlled event)
Eligible Participants: Due to limited space and expectations of being a sold-out-event, this championship is open to Canadian competitors only.
Competition Headquarters: Merritt, British Columbia
Competition Venues: Corbett Lake, Roche Lake, Tunkwa Lake, Upper Similkameen River, and Lower Similkameen River.
Competition Sessions: Six sessions (5 fishing and 1 rest).
Competitor controlled lake and river sessions.
Eligible species: Whitefish, Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, and Brook Trout.
Minimum fish size for lakes: 25cm for lakes
Point system for lakes: 100 points per fish and 20 points per centimeter.
Minimum fish size for rivers: 18cm for rivers
Point system for rivers: 600 points per eligible fish regardless of size (reduces stress on the fish).

Competition Rules: Single barbless hook and 2019 Fly Fishing Canada rules apply.


REGISTRATION
- Registration opens at 12:00pm (PST) on December 10, 2019.
- Registration for the 2020 Canadian National Fly Fishing Championship will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, with priority given to complete 5-person-teams that have attended at least one of the past three Canadian Nationals.
- Teams must submit payment for their registration fees by January 31, 2020 or they will forfeit their spot.
- Registration fees are non-refundable after February 28, 2020.
- Teams must be 100% committed to attending this event if they are submitting their registration!

REGISTRATION FEES
- Registration fees per Competitor: $450.00 CAD (profits will be donated to youth fly fishing programs).
- Registration fees include: Opening Ceremonies Dinner; bag lunches on the 3 competition days; boat rentals and lake access fees for the 3 competition days; and the Closing Ceremony and Awards Banquet Dinner.
- Transportation will be provided to and from the 5 different venues on the 3 competition days.
- Competitors are responsible for the costs associated with boat rentals and private lake access during official practice sessions.

Email Todd Oishi at: 2020nffc@gmail.com to submit your registration:


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SPECIAL RULE MODIFICATIONS*
- There will be a total of 3 practice days for the competition lake venues, which are June 20, 21, and 22, 2020.
- All venues are closed to fishing for all competitors and their associates for a period of 30 days prior to this event.
- All Similkameen River competition beats are closed to fishing for all competitors and their associates.
- Practice areas on the Similkameen River will be marked on maps that will be provided to all competitors.
- Only officially registered competitors are permitted to fish on the competition venues during official practice.
- Teams are restricted to a maximum of one practice day with two boats on the Corbett Lake venue.
- Teams are restricted to a maximum of one practice day with two boats on the Roche Lake venue.
- Teams are restricted to a maximum of one practice days with two boats on the Tunkwa Lake venue.
- A maximum of 3 teams are permitted on Corbett Lake during each of the 3 official practice days.
- Teams are responsible for booking boats and practice times on the competition lake venues in advance of their arrival.
- Friends and associates of the teams are prohibited from fishing on the competition lake and river venues during the practice sessions and no-fishing period.
*These rule modifications have been added in order to allow all competitors a fair and equal opportunity to practice on the competition lakes..

River Session Format:
3 hour sessions (2 hours fishing and 1 hour controlling).
Competitors will fish 2 beats per session.
Each river beat will be divided into two sections.
Three competitors will be assigned to each beat.   
Competitors will spend 90 minutes on each beat.
Competitors will fish for a total of 60 minutes per beat.
Competitors will control for a total of 30 minutes per beat.
Competitors will rotate positions within the beat every 30 minutes.
45 minute allowance to move to the second beat of the session.

Venue Pairings for Venue Rotations:
1. Corbett Lake and Tunkwa Lake
2. Roche Lake and Break
3. Upper Similkameen River and Lower Similkameen River

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SCHEDULE:

Saturday, June 20, 2020
1st Official Practice Day
- Competitors are responsible for their own transportation and the fees associated with practicing on the competition lakes during all practice sessions.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020
2nd Official Practice Day
- Competitors are responsible for their own transportation and the fees associated with practicing on the competition lakes during all practice sessions.

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Monday, June 22, 2020
3rd Official Practice Day
- Competitors are responsible for their own transportation and the fees associated with practicing on the competition lakes during all practice sessions.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 (all competition venues are closed to fishing)
Opening Ceremonies, Conservation Symposium, Dinner, and Captains' Meeting at Corbett Lake Lodge
Drinks and socializing: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Team Photos: 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Conservation Symposium: 3:00pm
Opening Ceremonies: 4:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm
Captains’ Meeting: 6:00pm

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Wednesday, June 24 - Day One of Competition
6:00am Departures for Similkameen River
6:45am Departures for Roche Lake (AM Session)
7:00am Departures for Tunkwa Lake
7:15am Departures for Corbett Lake
10:30am Departures for Roche Lake (PM Session)

River Session Hours:
Session One:  8:00am - 9:30am (1st beat of the Session One)
                     9:30am - 10:15am (45 minutes relocation)
                    10:15am - 11:45am (2nd beat of the Session One)
Lunch Break: 11:45am - 12:45pm (One Hour Break)
Session Two: 12:45pm - 2:15pm (1st beat of the Session Two)
                      2:15pm - 3:00pm (45 minutes relocation)
                      3:00pm - 4:30pm (2nd beat of the Session Two)

Lake Session Hours:
Session One:   8:30am - 11:30am
Lunch Break: 11:30pm - 1:30pm (2 hours)
Session Two:   1:30pm - 4:30pm

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Thursday, June 25 - Day Two of Competition
6:00am Departures for Similkameen River
7:00am Departures for Roche Lake (AM Session)
7:15am Departures for Tunkwa Lake
7:30am Departures for Corbett Lake
10:30am Departures for Roche Lake (PM Session)

River Session Hours:
Session Three: 8:00am - 9:30am (1st beat of the Session Three)
                      9:30am - 10:15am (45 minutes relocation)
                    10:15am - 11:45am (2nd beat of the Session Three)
Lunch Break:           11:45am - 12:45pm (One Hour Break)
Session Four: 12:45pm - 2:15pm (1st beat of the Session Four)
                      2:15pm - 3:00pm (45 minutes relocation)
                      3:00pm - 4:30pm (2nd beat of the Session Four)
 
Lake Session Hours:
Session Three: 8:30am - 11:30am
Lunch Break:  11:30pm - 1:30pm (2 hours)
Session Four:   1:30pm - 4:30pm

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Friday, June 26 - Day Three of Competition and Banquet/Awards Ceremony
6:00am Departures for Similkameen River
7:00am Departures for Roche Lake (AM Session)
7:15am Departures for Tunkwa Lake
7:30am Departures for Corbett Lake
10:30am Departures for Roche Lake (PM Session)

River Session Hours:
Session Five:  8:00am - 9:30am (1st beat of the Session Five)
                     9:30am - 10:15am (45 minutes relocation)
                   10:15am - 11:45am (2nd beat of the Session Five)
Lunch Break:           11:45am - 12:45pm (One Hour Break)
Session Six: 12:45pm - 2:15pm (1st beat of the Session Six)
                     2:15pm - 3:00pm (45 minutes relocation)
                     3:00pm - 4:30pm (2nd beat of the Session Six)

Lake Session Hours:
Session Five:  8:30am - 11:30am
Lunch Break: 11:30pm - 1:30pm (2 hours)
Session Six:    1:30pm - 4:30pm

Closing Ceremonies & Awards Banquet
6:30pm: Doors Open
7:30pm: Dinner is Served 
8:30pm: Medals Presentation
9:00pm: Live & Silent Auction
9:30pm - 12:00am: Socializing and celebration...

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Saturday, June 27, 2020
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« Last Edit: December 05, 2019, 10:04:54 AM by Todd Oishi »
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Hello,

Looking for experienced/determined anglers to team up with for this event. I have experience, time, and success on the selected venues, at this time of year. I am willing to form a team or complete yours. Send me an email at albertacompetitiveflyfishing@gmail.com.

Best Regards,

Jason

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Please see my post on the Members only section regarding this event.

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Please note that the minimum size for scoring fish on the river venues has been set at 18cm:

Minimum size for rivers: 18cm for rivers
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UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 3, 2020:

The maximum number of teams has been increased to 12 teams. The number of teams/participants has been increased as a result of the successful efforts of the resorts to acquire additional boats specifically for this event.

Maximum Number of Participants: 60 competitors /12 teams (there should ideally be either 9 or 12 teams, as this is a competitor controlled event).
For me, the quality of a trout is not measured in inches or pounds, but rather by the journey and circumstances that allowed our paths to cross...

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Great news! Let’s dance!
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Thanks Clint!

We had originally set the maximum number of teams based on the number of boats that the resorts had confirmed that were available at the time of the official announcement, but fortunately, the resorts have since confirmed that they are able to secure enough boats to allow us to increase the number of teams for this event.

For me, the quality of a trout is not measured in inches or pounds, but rather by the journey and circumstances that allowed our paths to cross...

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The break session will be the same for all the groups? Thanks.

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Hi Ionut,

Yes, the break session will be applied to all groups - every competitor will fish for 5 sessions and have 1 break session during this 3 day championship.

Adding a break has been done in the past, as it's often necessary to add a six session/break when the venues are logistically, greater distance apart, and to ensure that the commute times are reasonable and possible when traveling between venues.

The break also allows us to ensure that every group will have an "all river sessions" day in the rotation. It generally makes a more fair and enjoyable rotation for all of the groups. It's also far more convenient for competitors to pack/carry only their lake gear or river gear, rather than both...

I hope that you will be coming, as the quality of the fish and scenery are absolutely incredible!

Cheers,
Todd
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