Ottawa, Ontario, November 6th, 2006 -- Fly Fishing Canada (FFC) is pleased to announce that the 5th FFC National Fly Fishing Championships and Conservation Symposium will be held from September 17th to 22nd, 2007 in 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:
Monday, September 17 and Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - Practice days.
Wednesday, September 19 - Registration Day (No fishing).
Thursday, September 20 – Fishing Sessions 1 and 2
Friday, September 21 – Fishing Sessions 3 and 4
Saturday, September 22 – Fishing Session 5 and Conservation Symposium.
The actual fishing locations will be announced prior to the competition.
John Beaven, FFC Chair of National Competitions, 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 are confident the event will be well supported by the community. We expect the 5th FFC National Fly Fishing Championships and Conservation Symposium will have superb fishing and attract competitors from all across Canada".
Jim Epp, President of The Peace Country Flyfishers Association said, "The Peace Country Flyfishers Association has been in existence since 1984, has hosted many fishing competitions and presently is involved with conservation projects. The Grande Prairie region has traditionally been a vibrant community and is used to hosting world class events, and this would 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, and 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 barbless hooks. A fish is led into a release cradle, where it is quickly measured and unhooked. The marking system is simple: Each valid catch counts for 100 points, and each centimeter 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 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, which raises the skill level and enjoyment of Canada's fly fishers in a competitive but friendly environment" said Randy Taylor, FFC President. "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 serves as a forum to share ideas 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.
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, President of FFC: email@example.com
John Beaven, Chair, National Competitions of FFC: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Epp, President, The Peace Country Flyfishers Association: email@example.com