Official Update #3
The organizing committee would once again request that all competitors and volunteers (locals and visitors) registers at the front desk of the Best Western Hotel once they arrive in Fernie, so we have an accurate head-count and the necessary contact information for everyone while they are in Fernie. Registration at the Best Western will be available on and after September 19th.
All volunteers are required to attend the mandatory training course at the Best Western Hotel in Fernie on Wednesday, September 23rd from 12:00pm – 2:00pm. Members of Fly Fishing Canada will be on hand to provide the necessary training and to explain the duties and the responsibilities of the volunteers, and will be available to answer any questions.
Here are the dates and times when volunteer participation is required:
Wednesday 23rd of September
12:00pm - 2:00pm: Mandatory training for volunteers, controllers and sector judges will be held at the Best Western Hotel ( 1622-7th Ave. Fernie, BC ).
5:00pm: opening ceremonies and a 'meet & greet' barbeque for competitors, controllers and volunteers ( at the Best Western Hotel ).
Thursday 24th of September
1st session of competition: 8:30am - 11:30am
2nd session of competition: 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Friday 25th of September
3rd session of competition: 8:30am - 11:30am
4th session of competition: 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Saturday 26th of September
5th session of competition: 8:30am - 11:30am ( morning session only )
Conservation Symposium: 3:00pm to 5:00pm (attendance by volunteers is optional)
Closing ceremonies banquet & awards ceremony and FFC auction: 6:00pm (attendance by volunteers is optional)
Tickets for the closing ceremonies banquet are available at a cost of $15.00 per person (the cost of the competitor's banquet tickets are included in their entry fees)
The hours for this year's competition sessions have been chosen to reflect the travel times between the two furthest venues (Loon Lake and Summit Lake), which will allow the competitors fishing these two venues adequate time to; return to the staging areas; pack up their gear; travel to the next lake; and half-an-hour to set-up and examine their next beat.
Controllers will be instructed that each competitor is to be given the standard half hour (upon their arrival at their beat) to set-up and examine their beat before their session begins.
The times that have been chosen for the competition sessions will hopefully ensure that all competitors will arrive back at the competition hotel no any later than 6:00pm.
Rotation of competitor groups:
SESSION 1 AM
SESSION 2 PM
SESSION 3 AM
SESSION 4 PM
SESSION 5 AM
I would like to remind every competitor that they are required to purchasea "Classified Waters Licence" before fishing the Elk River or any of its tributaries. The classified waters licence costs $15.00 for residents of British Columbia (an annual licence) and costs $20.00 per day for non-residents of British Columbia (unfortunately, annual licences are not available for non-residents). The classified waters licences can be purchased on-line at www.fishing.gov.bc.ca or from a licenced vendor (tackle shops, government agent) that offers this service. For a list of licence vendors, go to http://a100.gov.bc.ca/pub/lvs/
The two competition lakes are not classified waters, but still require a valid British Columbia angling licence to fish in their waters. You can purchase angling licences at http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/licences/ - here are the fees for a basic angling licence for British Columbia:
Annual Angling Licence
One Day Angling Licence*
Eight Day Angling Licence*
(G.S.T. not included)
A modification has been made to allow wading for the bank session on Summit Lake. Life jackets must be worn by those who choose to wade.
For those that are interested in volunteering to serve as a judge/controller; I should add that this provides an excellent opportunity for viewing and observing how five highly-skilled fly fishers approach and cover a specific stretch of water with various techniques and tactics (a great chance to learn/watch Czech Nymphing and several other European styles of nymphing and dry fly fishing). The feedback from the controllers is always very positive, with many offering to sign-up for the following year's competition.
As an added bonus... The American National Fly Fishing Team (Team USA) will be sending two international teams (senior and youth teams) to compete at this year's NFFC in Fernie. This will be a great opportunity to watch them and the members of our Canadian National Fly Fishing Teams in action, and going "head to head" in competition...
You can register online as a volunteer @ http://www.flyfishingcanada.net
or contact Randy Taylor @ 613-599-9600 extension 208
Best regards and see you in Fernie,