Friday, December 14, 2007

Wild Salmon Under Threat of Extinction, Study Shows

Yet another study shows that farming salmon on the West Coast is devastating wild salmon stocks. When will our government take action?

If our government will not take action, please do so yourself. Do Not buy Farmed Salmon or Farmed Steelhead (Costco)! If you know someone who does, let them know of what it is doing to our Wild Stocks! Ask at all restaurants if they are serving wild. Boycott those that are not. Let Supermarket Managers know that they are contributing to the extinction of BC Salmon buy even selling the product. Please do your part!

Here is the article and background:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/13/AR2007121302135.html

"Wild salmon hit by parasite from fish farms":



For more information on the Science sea lice study please visit:
Sea Lice Study



Press release - "Fish Farms Drive Wild Salmon Populations Toward Extinction" - is available via:
http://www.math.ualberta.ca/~mlewis/SeaLice/protected/SeaLicePRFinalDec4%20(3).pdf

For a summary of the scientific paper:
http://www.math.ualberta.ca/~mlewis/SeaLice/protected/Lenfest%20RSR%20sea%20lice%20final%2012%2007.pdf

More Websites:

http://www.math.ualberta.ca/~mkrkosek/Criticisms&Responses.htm

http://www.watershed-watch.org/publications/files/Aquaculture2007_final.pdf.

http://www.raincoastresearch.org/mla-letter.htm

http://livingoceans.org/fishfarms/history.shtml

http://www.savebcsalmon.ca/


It is up to YOU now!

Save our Wild Salmon!

Tight Lines,

Clint Goyette

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

E-LICENSING FOR FRESHWATER ANGLERS LAUNCHED

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
2007ENV0126-001486
Nov. 19, 2007
Ministry of Environment

E-LICENSING FOR FRESHWATER ANGLERS LAUNCHED

VICTORIA - Purchasing a freshwater fishing licence is easier than ever
with the Province's new e-licensing system, Environment Minister Barry
Penner announced today.

Penner marked the occasion by purchasing a fishing licence at Robinson's
Outdoor Store in Victoria, B.C.'s first e-licence-equipped vendor.
"Freshwater anglers will now have a greater range of choices about how,
where and when they purchase their fishing licences," said Penner.
"Resident anglers and out-of-province visitors will now be able access
licences and fishing information online before they head out for their
next great B.C. fishing adventure."

Under the new e-licensing system, developed in partnership with Service
BC and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, anglers can purchase
their basic freshwater fishing licence, classified water permit or
conservation stamps through any computer with Internet access or from
any e-licence-equipped vendor.

While the online system has been operational since Sept. 6, 2007,
government has been working with Robinson's in Victoria and Highwater
Tackle in North Vancouver through the fall to pilot the new system for
vendors.

During the transition period, anglers can still purchase traditional
paper licences from their favourite tackle shop. In addition to giving
anglers greater choice and flexibility about how they obtain licences,
the new system will greatly improve the efficiency of the freshwater
licensing system and provide government with better information about
recreational effort and angler preferences. This information will be
used to help ensure that recreational fishing programs and lake and
stream stocking activities are tailored to meet angler demand.
Anglers can purchase fishing licences at www.fishing.gov.bc.ca/ or at
one of one of four e-licence-equipped vendors. More e-licence-equipped
vendors will be added to the system during the next several months.
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Media contact:
Kate Thompson
Media Relations
250 953-4577

John Thornton
Manager, Data and Licensing
Fish and Wildlife Branch
250 387-9776

For more information on government services or to subscribe to the
Province's news feeds using RSS, visit the Province's website at
www.gov.bc.ca.

Friday, November 2, 2007

FN0865-RECREATIONAL - Salmon Region 2 - Non-Tidal; Zero Retention of Chum Salmon on the Cheakamus, Mamquam, Squamish Rivers Systems

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0865-RECREATIONAL - Salmon Region 2 - Non-Tidal; Zero Retention of Chum Salmon on the Cheakamus, Mamquam, Squamish Rivers Systems
Effective 12:00 November 02, 2007 until further notice, the daily limit for
chum salmon is zero (0) per day in the Mamquam River, Cheakamus River and
Squamish River (including tributaries).

The Squamish-Lillooet Sport Fishing Advisory Committee (SLSFAC) and Department
of Fisheries and Oceans staff have noted low returns of chum salmon to these
systems to date. The SLSFAC recommended that the retention of chum be set to
zero.

Current Salmon Retention opportunities include:

Until December 31, 2007 you can retain one (1) hatchery marked coho in:
the Cheakamus River,
the Mamquam River and
the Squamish River including Ashlu Creek, Elaho River and Powerhouse channel
(downstream of boundary signs at the powerline crossing approximately 1.5 km
upstream of the confluence with the Cheakamus River).

Until December 31, 2007 you can retain two (2) chinook per day, none over 55 cm
in the Mamquam River (downstream of the BC rail Bridge to the confluence with
the Squamish River) and
the Squamish River, including Ashlu Creek, Elaho River and Powerhouse channel
(downstream of boundary signs at the powerline crossing approximately 1.5 km
upstream of the confluence with the Cheakamus River).

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Call your local Fisheries & Oceans Canada office.

Notes:
The aggregate daily limit for all species of Pacific Salmon (other than
kokanee) from tidal and non-tidal waters combined is four (4).
Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal
waters of British Columbia. This includes all species of fish in the Fraser
River.

The term “hatchery marked” means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the
adipose fin.

Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the voluntary Salmon Sport Head
Recovery program by labelling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped
chinook and coho salmon. Recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical
information for coast-wide stock assessment. Contact the Salmon Sport Head
Recovery Program at (866) 483-9994 for further information.

Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation? If so, please call
the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line
at (800) 465-4336.

For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at (866) 431-
FISH. The telephone number of the Squamish DFO office is 604-892-3230.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0865
Sent November 1, 2007 at 15:44
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

FN0675-RECREATIONAL - Salmon: Correction to the Web site version of the Region 2 Table for the Cheakamus and Squamish River for Coho and Chum

FN0675-RECREATIONAL - Salmon: Correction to the Web site version of the Region 2 Table for the Cheakamus and Squamish River for Coho and Chum

Category(s):

RECREATIONAL - Salmon

Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0675-RECREATIONAL - Salmon: Correction to the Web site version of the Region 2 Table for the Cheakamus and Squamish River for Coho and Chum

Effective immediately, the retention dates for the Cheakamus and Squamish River
for the Region 2 table found on the following web link http://www.pac.dfo-
mpo.gc.ca/recfish/Freshwater/region2_e.htm for Coho and Chum are changed to
September 15 from September 01. These date changes were inadvertently missed
during website updates.

The dates on the Pacific Region Integrated Fisheries Management Plan for
Salmon – Southern BC and the 2007-2009 British Columbia Freshwater Salmon
Supplement remain unchanged.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact your nearest DFO office or the recreational fisheries website at:
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish/default_e.htm.

Friday, August 10, 2007

FN0563-Salmon - Region 2 Non-tidal Squamish Area

RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0563-Salmon - Region 2 Non-tidal Squamish Area

This is a reminder that the daily limit for pink salmon in the Squamish River, Ashlu River, Cheakamus River, Mamquam River, Birkenhead River, Elaho River, Powerhouse Channel and all their tributaries is zero. Pink salmon may not be retained from these systems. This zero limit is effective for the 2007 year until further notice.

Conservation measures are currently in place because the number of pink salmon returning to the Squamish system is expected to be low for the next few years due to impacts from the August 5, 2005 caustic soda chemical spill that occurred in the Cheakamus River. This closure action will be re-evaluated throughout the season.

NOTES

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal waters of British Columbia. This includes all species of fish in the Fraser River.

The term “hatchery marked” means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.

Sport fishers are encouraged to participate in the voluntary Salmon Sport Head Recovery program by labelling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped chinook and coho salmon. Recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical information for coast-wide stock assessment. Contact the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program at (866) 483-9994 for further information.

Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation? If so, please call the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line at (800) 465-4336.For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at (866) 431-FISH.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0563Sent August 9, 2007 at 17:28
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Squamish Pinks 2007

The salmon are late….up to 20 day in some areas…according to guides from Tasis, BC on Vancouver Island to other guide services in the Lower Mainland....but they are showing up. Like other locations in BC, the pinks have arrived in the Squamish river for 2007. In fact, we caught our first fish on the 20th of July, but to our dismay, the rivers blew on the night of the 20th….to the highest in recent memory, and we couldn’t fish the rivers for 7 days.


Anxious to get out fishing, a few of my friends and I hit the beach off Furry Creek for some saltwater fly fishing on the night of the 25th but did not see much except a few seals and baitfish breaking the surface. After taking a few casts we left the beach fishless, but knowing one more thing about the area…..no fish yet.

The night of the 26th was spent scouting the Squamish and to my surprise I saw a fish roll 100 meters downstream of where I was standing. Immediately I hailed my friend who was upstream to come and watch what I was seeing. Again, another rolled. That was it; we dashed off through the forest to get a better position on the fish. Upon positioning on the river about 40 ft upstream of the last position I saw the fish roll I took my first cast…..nothing. Then I saw a log in the water and realigned so that my fly swung out just downstream of the log and SLAM..the drag on my SAGE 3200, already worn down by the previous years fishing, spun out of control and bird nested! Rats! Luckily the fish ran upstream directly at me and I could strip the line in to get some more slack. I tried to deal with the bird nest on my own but it was completely fowled. I just laughed and hollered at my friend to come up and grab the rod and fish while I worked on the mess. While he fought the fish for a while I popped the spool out and picked away at the line. Alas the fish was gone just as I got it all sorted out. Thus ended the first promising evening since the 20th!

The 28th and 29th were more eventful days with some hook-ups on the 28th and we actually landed 7 fish on the 29th. The fish are arriving daily and the fishing will only get better! See you on the river!



Tight lines,
-Clint

PS Sparse pink flies with silver bodies seem to be working best….weighted and size 6.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Useful Websites to Plan Fishing Trips in BC

I thought I would lay out some useful websites that I visit on a regular basis to plan fishing trips in BC:

Information Gathering Sites

Tide Tables: http://www.lau.chs-shc.gc.ca/cgi-bin/tide-shc.cgi?queryType=showRegion&language=english&region=1

River Levels: http://scitech.pyr.ec.gc.ca/waterweb/formnav.asp

http://www.fishwizard.com/ - Links to Bathemetric maps of lakes and river as well as species present information

http://www.gofishbc.com/ - Fish stocking reports

http://maps.google.com/ - How to get there

http://earth.google.com - Remote Sensing - Great resource to get an idea of the terrain as most of the data was taken in Summer conditions.

Discussion Forums:
http://www.flybc.ca
http://www.fishbc.com

Fishing Reports:
http://www.fishtactics.com

My Reports:
http://www.valleyfishing.com/fishingreport.htm

If you are planning a trip to the Whistler / Squamish area don't be afraid to contact me for a more detailed report at contact (at) valleyfishing.com

-Tight lines

CG

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Float on Squamish with the New Scadden 16' Pontoon




River levels were in perfect condition for the inaugural float of the Squamish River with the new Dave Scadden Mackenzie Drifter X3 16'. The float took about 2.5 hours to get from our starting point to the ending point, about 7 miles of river. Throughout the voyage my passengers, could not help saying "This is awesome!" every turn on the river. We saw plenty of waterfalls, snowcapped peaks and wildlife. Next time I'll have to bring the rods!

Throughout the float we saw several groups of mountain goats high on the cliffs. I tried to photograph them with my Sony digital camera. The photo below gives you an idea of how close we got to the critters. Next time I must bring the telephoto lens!




The hews of green were plentiful in the moss-covered forests banking the
river. No shortage of rain this winter!


The next float trip down the Squamish will be fishfull I'm sure and I can't wait to catch huge wild rainbows while guiding on the Chilko River this summer!



Tight lines!

Clint
















Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Heli Fishing Video - Bull Trout on the Pitt River

I just finished creating a bit of a heli-fishing video composed using Flash. The footage is from a fly-in from last July during the heat wave that struck the area. I used my Sony Digital Camera to get both the footage and the still shots. The river was blowing out as we were fishing it but the bull trout didn't seem to care. I think we ended up landing about 10 - 15 each in the same spot! It was a great day and this is a little bit to show of it! Enjoy!

http://www.valleyfishing.com/downloads/helifishing.avi

Suggested Fly Lines for Dolly Varden and Bull Trout - Get Down!


Buy this ProductScientific Anglers Mastery Series Freshwater Sinking Tips Wet Tip Fly Line Our guides suggest a Type III or IV.



-CG

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Blog Migration - VFG BLOG MOVED

To those who are reading this blog. I have just migrated all of my old blog postings from my old server to this new version. This is why you will find so many postings for Jan. 31 2007! Not to worry, they should continue in chronological order from now on.


Tight Lines,

CG

Giant Water Bug Found - April 2006

Giant Water Bug

While checking the Meighan Creek fish trap yesterday as part of my volunteer work with the Squamish Streamkeepers, I found a Giant Beetle! Well actually, once I got to my computer this morning and researched what it was, I found out that it was actually Lethocerus americanus, more commonly known as the "Giant Water Bug" or "toe biter".


As I read through the articles listed below I found out that these things really do bite, hence the knickname "toe biter"! Good thing I had on my trusty Simms Waders with built in Giant Water Bug Protection! I managed to handle the critter with just the dip net since my instincts told me not to pick the thing up. My Recording Officer, Allie, the newest Squamish Streamkeeper at age 5 agreed it would be a bad idea to handle it.


The trap is functioning well since we counted 46 coho salmon smolts, 1 stickleback minnow, and of course, the Giant Water Bug. The coho smolts were freed for their journey to the sea as were the other two species we found.


coho smolt
stickleback minnow


Fish Trap Opening
Entrance to the Trap
fish trap funnel
Funnel to Holding Box
holding box
Trap Holding Box

Denis' First Char - Feb 2006 Re-Post

February 19th, 2006 gets the check mark for the beginning of great char action this season and Denis Landreville from Tremblant Fly Fishing had a chance to experience it first-hand!


The day started off slow as to be expected because of the low temperatures, but as the day heated up so did the fly fishing!


11:00 am or thereabouts was the first take on my large sculpin pattern. Unfortunately, we did not get to see that fish - LDR, but the very next cast yielded another take and this one didn't get away. I had found a school.


I hollered upriver to Denis to have him come down to where I had been casting but he declined, so I cast again. Wham&another fish, but alas another LDR. Hollering once more was effective and when he arrived to my location, I stepped off my rock and explained where the char were holding. I also explained that a take from these fish can be subtle and soft, sometimes feeling much like you've hooked a small twig on the swing.

He began to cast as I poured some coffee. I watched in great anticipation as I sipped down the hot beverage. 15 more minutes yielded nothing. A bit disheartened I decided it was time for lunch and a change of scenery! We headed back to the truck and traveled to our afternoon location further down the river.
We inhaled our sandwiches, re-strung our fly rods and headed out to the riverbank. I pointed out some features where I felt the fish would be holding, usually a small depression in the river bottom or beside some large woody debris. After making the plan of attack, we headed up river to begin fishing the run.

Well we found them at about 2:45pm; lots of them! I cast 3 times and 3 times I hooked and landed a char. Nice ones too, all 16" or greater! This time my hollering to Denis was more effective. This time he arrived before I could cast again.

I watched as he cast to where I said they were holding.... wham! He was in. "Interesting; so that's what they feel like!" he remarked. Then it was on! He was into another one again and again and again. For the last 2 hours of the day it seemed to be almost every cast found a hungry char.



It was too much fun for both of us. We left the river, knowing another cast might yield another fish but we both felt we had had our fun and that we should head home having caught plenty in one day.


Click Here for some videos of the day:


Suggested Fly Lines for Dolly Varden and Bull Trout - Get Down!


Buy this ProductScientific Anglers Mastery Series Freshwater Sinking Tips Wet Tip Fly Line Our guides suggest a Type III or IV.

Chum Salmon 2006

Well the run began with the first chum hooked on Oct. 2, 2006 on a classic purple egg sucking wooly bugger. I was unable to slow the fish down as it raced back into the main current and straight towards a seal. Alas he was gone but only after about 4-5 leaps and flips! What a great first hook up!
The next day out was Oct. 6 after a really high tide due to a full moon. Even with the lack of rain, I think the combination of a full moon and high tide really heated things up. Andy from the UK was the first client to really hook into a slew of 2006 fish...his first one on his 3rd or 4th cast of the day!

"I wasn't prepared for that!" he exclaimed as the fish raced across the current and took off for the sea promptly ending the struggle. It was on! The rest of the day proved to be excellent with 5 landed out of the 12 or so hooked. Not a bad beginning to the season! Flies use included popsicles, purple egg sucking wooly buggers, and a few on some of my own creations.

Oct. 7......the best yet! Waves of chrome fish moving past yielded many hook-ups and a dozen or so landed. The river was still quite low and with relatively good clarity at 2ft of vis. The main fly of the day...popsicles. Active fish were holding in shallow water at about walking speed or slightly faster.

Hints: Purple flies, Type IV wet tip lines and short 3-4ft leaders get the flies down to the fish!

Suggested Fly Lines for Salmon / Steelhead - Get Down!


Buy this ProductScientific Anglers Mastery Series Freshwater Sinking Tips Wet Tip Fly Line Our guides suggest a Type III or IV.

Trout Fly Fishing Equipment for the Whistler & Squamish Area

I am often asked what to bring to fish for trout in the Squamish and Whistler area. Well here it is:
Fly Lines:
1. Sink tip line Type III or IV (Required for targeting char in rivers)
2. Floating Line (rivers and lakes) 3. Intermediate sink Type II or III for stillwaters

Rods: 9 or 9.5 ft - 4wt for rainbows, 5 or 6wt for rainbows/cutthroat/char (Dolly Varden/Bull Trout)

Reels: Large arbor is essential to pick up line when fishing the lakes. The rainbows have a tendency to turn and run very quickly at the angler.

Flies: A selection of the following:

Dry Flies
*Elk Hair Caddis - Brown/Black (#10-#16)
*Tom Thumb (#10-#16)
Stimulators (#6-#10) Goddard Caddis (#10)

Nymphs (beaded and unbeaded):
*Pheasant Tail - Browns #14-#10
*Hare's Ear - Natural
Kauffman stonefly - brown, black #6-#10
Caddis Pupa - #14
Dragon Nymphs - Browns/Blacks
Damsel Nymphs (olive #8,#10)

Streamers:
Doc Spratley
*Wooly Buggers - size 8 (*Brown, Black, Olive)
Egg Sucking Leech
Muddler Minnows
Leech

Most prey species in the area are as follows:

Salmon fry / Small Trout (1.5-3"), Sculpins (1.5-4"), Caddis, Mayfly, Stonefly, leeches (mostly browns)

Hint - In Summer, fish the surface first in rivers with a dry, then follow through again with a wet fly to produce char!

*Make sure you have these!

Becoming an Angling Guide in BC

To become a Licenced Angling Guide in BC you must:
1. Write and Pass an exam to prove your knowledge of the regulations in the region(s) you plan to guide
2. Write an Angling Guide Operating Plan (AGOP) 3. Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada (landed immigrant) and is 19 years of age or older (or has attached an exemption under Section 100 of the Wildlife Act). The applicant further certifies that he or she holds and will maintain a minimum of $500,000 public liability insurance applicable to his or her angling guide business and effective for the period during which s/he operates.

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/pasb/applications.html

Finish All of the above and you have earned your LICENCED ANGLING GUIDE status from the BC Government

This allows you to: Guide on the rivers/lakes you have listed in your AGOP, and hire Assistant Guides*

Assistant Guides often refer to themselves as Guides in BC. They are "Assistant Guides" and are hired by Licenced Angling Guides by simply dubbing them an Assistant Guide and paying a fee. They need absolutely no training whatsoever nor do they write a test for knowledge of regulations.

In addition, Effective April 2007, Transport Canada requires that to run a commercial vessel, in this case, a Jet Sled or Jet Boat, or any motorized vessel on fresh or salt water you will require a C-Licence for your vessel.

To pilot the vessel you will require additional Training including:

1. MED-A3 - Marine Emergency Duties
2. SVOP - Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Licence by April 2007.

Read More Here http://www.tc.gc.ca/MarineSafety/TP/Tp14070/menu.htm

Neither Provincial nor the Federal Government requires that your guide:

A) Hold a valid First Aid Certificate of any sort - not even a basic first aid course
B) Hold a valid Swiftwater Rescue Certificate
C) Hold a valid CPR certificate
D) Hold a Class 4 Driver's licence (Commercial drivers such as taxi drivers and limo drivers require this - how does a guide transporting fishermen differ?)
E) Have any whitewater / swiftwater training to run the vessel in class III and Class IV rapids

Training is entirely up to you as an individual guide. A great outline for this is available here:

http://www.emerit.ca/eng/page.aspx?_id=freshwater_angling_guide.htm

5th FFC National Fly Fishing Championship

If you have ever wanted to compete or test your skills among other fine fly fishers, read on:

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Ottawa, Ontario, 6 November 2006 -- Fly Fishing Canada (FFC) is pleased to announce that the 5th FFC National Fly Fishing Championships and Conservation Symposium (Nationals) will be held on 17-22 September 2007 at Grande Prairie, Alberta. Partners working with FFC on this event are The Peace Country Flyfishers Association and the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association.


The schedule of events is anticipated to be as follows:
Monday, 17 Sept. and Tuesday, 18 Sept. 2007 - Practice days.
Wednesday, 19 Sept. - Registration Day (No fishing).
Thursday, 20 Sept. – Fishing Sessions 1 and 2
Friday, 21 Sept. – Fishing Sessions 3 and 4
Saturday, 22 Sept. – Fishing Session 5 and Conservation Symposium.
The actual fishing locations will be announced prior to the competition.


John Beaven, FFC National Competitions Chairman, said, "We have been very impressed with the enthusiasm and capabilities of both The Peace Country Flyfishers Association and the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association, and are confident the event will be well supported by the community. We expect the Nationals will have superb fishing and attract competitors from across Canada".


Jim Epp, President of The Peace Country Flyfishers Association, said, "The Peace Country Flyfishers Association has been in existence since 1984. It has hosted many fishing competitions and is currently involved with local conservation projects. The Grande Prairie region has traditionally been a vibrant community, and is used to hosting world class events. This will be an excellent opportunity to showcase the Grande Prairie region, and promote fly fishing and conservation"


Competitors will fish in teams of five persons, which may consist of official teams representing their province, region, or a fishing club. Individuals arriving on their own may get together with other singles to form a five-person team, or they can wait to be assigned by the committee.
The events are strictly catch-and-immediate-release using only single, barbless hooks. A fish is led into a release cradle, where it is quickly measured and unhooked without removing it from the water.


The marking system is simple: Each valid catch counts for 100 points, and each centimetre of body length counts for 20 points. Thus, a 35 cm trout would be 35 x 20 + 100 = 800 points. At day’s end, administrators compile the tally sheets and credit them to the appropriate teams and individuals.


Members of the winning teams will receive gold, silver and bronze medals, and similar medals are presented to the top three individuals. In addition, the individual gold medalist is awarded the highly coveted Doug Austin Memorial Trophy, which honours the memory of an early and beloved member of FFC.


The top competitors at national events may become eligible to represent Canada at international fly fishing events, such as the World Fly Fishing Championships and Conservation Symposiums, the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships, the Oceania Fly Fishing Championships, and the North American Fly Fishing Championships.


"An important objective of the nationals is the sharing of angling information
and techniques," said FFC President Randy Taylor.

"This raises the skill level and enjoyment of Canada’s fly fishers in a competitive but friendly environment. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with old angling friends, and make new ones from across the county while learning more about fly fishing and related conservation issues. Most of all, we want everyone involved to have fun."


The Conservation Symposium showcases local projects and initiatives, such as habitat reclamation, water preservation, and fish stock rehabilitation, and provides a forum in which ideas are shared with the attending competitors, volunteers, local conservation groups, sponsors, invited guests, and the news media.


Information concerning team and individual registration will be posted on the FFC website www.flyfishingcanada.net in the coming days.


A FEW WORDS ABOUT FFC
Fly Fishing Canada is a not-for-profit organization aimed at using national and international fly fishing championships to promote issues concerning the sport, not only in Canada but worldwide. Although some anglers still balk at the concept of competitive fly fishing, these strictly catch-and-release events provide a focal point that brings fly fishers together from throughout Canada and the world, not only to exchange technical information about their sport, but also to address problems concerning conservation, water quality, habitat loss, and other environmental problems. Through these exchanges, many of the problems that plague freshwater fisheries in several countries may someday be beaten, or at least controlled in a meaningful manner. FFC has since been instrumental in introducing the mandatory inclusion of a Conservation Symposium at every international World Fly Fishing Championships, successful events that attract participation by noted scientists, biologists and conservationist from around the world.

For further information regarding the 5th NFFC contact:
Randy Taylor, FFC President: rt@lwlaw.com
John Beaven, FFC National Competitions Chairman: jbeaven@shaw.ca
Jim Epp, President, The Peace Country Flyfishers Association: im@menziesprinters.com

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I have personally attended the 3rd Nationals in Campbell River, and the event was exceptional. I highly recommend the competition for many reasons, however, the most compelling is that you can find out if you really know what you are doing and the wealth of knowledge there is fantastic. Go as competitor but be a sponge!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Dress for Winter Fly Fishing

Here is what we recommend on any Winter Fly Fishing Outting:


You must remember that on a winter fly fishing trips we are both walking and standing still for prolonged periods of time. We are also prone to getting a little wet, either because of rain or in the unlikely event falling in the drink!Therefore, dressing in layers is recommended. This will allow you to "peel off" layers when walking and put layers back on if stationary.


Do Not Wear Cotton! It absorbs water and will stay wet cooling your feet or body.


Do Wear Wool! Wool socks, Toque (hat), mitts, shirts, sweaters. Even when wool gets wet it will keep you warm!


Layer 1
Polypropylene Socks (wicks moisture away from your feet), Long underwear (Polypropylene), Polypropylene Long sleeve shirt - do not wear too tight of a sock because you will restrict blood flow and your feet will get cold!


Layer 2
Turtleneck Shirt, Pants (I wear Wool Pants), Wool Socks


Layer 3
Long Sleeve Shirt (wool recommended)


Outer Layers
Wool Sweater, Waterproof Jacket(Goretex to breathe)- The rain doesn't stop us West Coast Fly Fishers!, Touque (Wool Hat), Mitts (I keep these tucked in the top of my waders to warm my hands up when they get cold.)


Eye Protection
Polarized Sunglasses


Hope this helps those not familiar with Canadian Winters!


Don't let the weather stop you from a great day on the water!


Tight lines!


-CG