This is an important update for those who will be competing this year at Roblin, MB:
1) The locations and names of the five Competition lakes and two Practice lakes will be announced 60 days prior to the opening of the event (these lakes rarely thaw before May 1st anyways)
2) Absolutely no competitors nor their agents are permitted to fish on the competition lakes prior to the actual competition sessions.
3) Walleyes, which will are eligible for scoring points on two of the competition lakes. The minimal length for Walleye will be posted in the rule modifications. One of the practice lakes has walleyes.
4) The boats on three of the competition lakes will have oars only. The boats at the other two lakes will have electric motors, which will be provided.
5) Personal Flotation Devices (life jackets or vests) must be worn at all times while competitors are in the competition boats. Competitors that require a life vest for the official practice and competition sessions must notify Mr. Kelly Keast (firstname.lastname@example.org) well in advance of their arrival.
6) Only the drogues supplied by FFC and the organizing committee will be permitted for use during the official competition sessions.
7) While fishing, competitors must remain seated on the fitted boat seats, but may use a cushion with a maximum thickness and height ten centimeters.
8) Boats will not have a controller aboard. As in the past; the two competitors will check and control each other. Lake Sector Judges will have binoculars and each lake will have sector judges and observers watching for any infractions or violations.
9) All five sessions will be fished loch-style. There will be no bank fishing sessions.
10) Any modifications to the rules will be posted on Fly Fishing Canada’s website as need be.
11) Team captains (or a single, designated representative) must contact Mr. Kelly Keast in advance to book boats for their team’s official practice sessions. Kelly is also the local contact person for advice or recommendations on any local matters. For competition-related questions, please contact Ian Scott or Todd Oishi.
12) Bag lunches and water will be provided to the competitors during the days of the official practice and competition sessions.
13) A maximum of 60 competitors will be allowed to compete, so all individuals and teams are urged to sign up early to ensure a spot.
14) Competitors will be transported in 15 passenger buses and their equipment will be hauled in separate vehicle that will accompany these buses. Competitors should pack accordingly and have name tags clearly displayed on all equipment, bags, rod tubes, etc…
15) All competitors are to use the official transportation vehicles while traveling to-and-from the official competition venues, and are prohibited from using their own vehicles to travel to-and-from the competition venues.
16) All competitors must report to the official competition headquarters in the town of Roblin each and every morning of the official practice and official competition sessions. Groups will be organized and then sent out from that location.
17) All competitors MUST BE ON TIME for the daily departures to the competition venues. Any competitors that arrive late or miss their ride will be disqualified from that particular session!
18) Boats will be allocated for Official Practice days (not on a reservation or first-come-first-served basis). Arrangements for the boats will be made and announced on Sunday May 23rd. Captains must state ahead of time if their team members require transportation on the official practice days.
19) Wednesday the 26th is strictly enforced as a “non-fishing day”. This is set aside as the day for registration, a meet-and-greet at the local ski hill facility, captains’ meeting, and sector judge training. The opening ceremonies, entertainment, and banquet for competitors and FFC staff will be provided during the evening. A bar will be open.
20) Breakfast and evening meals can be purchased daily at reduced rates, at the main administration venue (Roblin’s curling rink).
21) Transportation between Russell and Roblin will be available daily, early AM and early or late evening.
22) Pickup at Winnipeg Airport will be from a hospitality suite arranged for that purpose. Arrivals will gather there for one of the two trips to Russell or Roblin. A similar arrangement will be available for the returning dispersal Sunday 30th. It is important that organizers be aware of which flight(s) and the times of that flight(s) so travelers should communicate with the organizers above.
This list will be revised and expanded as the need arises so please keep checking for updates…