A joint effort between Fly Fishing Canada and the Calgary Fly Fishing
Championship Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada, the championships are
strictly a catch-and-release event to provide a focal point that brings
fly fishers together from throughout Canada and the world. They not only
exchange technical information about their sport, but also address
problems concerning conservation, water quality, habitat loss, and other
environmental issues. In addition to providing the competitors with a
world-class fly fishing experience, our event will showcase our “Blue
Ribbon Waters”, engage youth in a series of activities focused on
learning to fly fish and conserve fish habitat, and raise money to
restore an important side channel on the Bow River.
portions of the event are being held on the Bow River and two community
lakes - Arbour Lake and Lake Midnapore. The Carriage House Inn will be
the venue for the Conservation Symposium on the 23rd from 3-5 PM and
Banquet/Auction on the 27th from 6 - 10 PM
We currently some room left for participants but registration will be
closing at the end of August. You can register a team of 5 or sign up as
an individual and be assigned to a team.
and the rules and rule modifications are available on both websites - be
sure to review them and ask questions before signing up.
We currently require a number of controllers (about 75 total slots to
fill) during the Bow River portion of the competition. Morning and
afternoon time slots are available Sept 25 and 26th, and a morning only
slot on Friday Sept 27. This is a great way to learn a few new tricks
and tips. Contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator Kathy Vander Reyden at
Kathy@kavee.net or 403-256-5039. Visit http://www.flyfishingnationals.com/ for more information.
The fishing portions event will be open to spectators - more information will be posted once a schedule is set.
On Monday September 23 a Conservation Symposium will be held (3 -5 PM)
that addresses water quality issues in Alberta. Three renowned speakers
will address the theme " The Bow River and South Saskatchewan Watershed -
past, present and future". Jim McLennan will discuss the history of the
Bow River, Lorne Fitch - Current threats and issues facing native
trout, and Dr.Brad Stelfox - what the future holds for the Bow River.
The symposium is open to the public by donation - proceeds to Trout
Unlimited Canada for local projects.
On Friday September 27 a
Premium Alberta Beef buffet dinner, awards ceremony, live and silent
auctions, fly tying contest by the competitors and a musical performance
by Jim McLenan (guitartist) will be held to raise funds for Fly Fishing
Canada and Trout Unlimited; tickets are only $60 and can be purchased
on-line at http://www.flyfishingnationals.com/. Buy your ticket early as the cut off is September 20/13.