FFC9 #4 - Call To Arms

Applicants Sought For 2011/2012 Canadian International Fly Fishing Teams

Fly Fishing Canada is seeking applicants to apply for membership on the Canadian teams that will be participating in the following international championships:

31st FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship and Conservation Symposium, Italy August 27-September 3, 2011. See http://www.sfwc2011.it/eng/index.html  for further details.

2011 Oceania Fly Fishing Championships - Adaminaby, Australia, November 8-14, 2011. See http://www.flyfishaustralia.com.au/ for further details.

2012 Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships, Tasmania, Australia, February 14-19, 2012. See http://www.flyfishaustralia.com.au/2012commonwealths/2012commonwealths.html

for further details.

To be eligible to apply for any of these teams, you must have at least competed in a FFC National Championship and Conservation Symposium. As usual, team selections will be made by an FFC committee consisting of at least five FFC directors/officers from across the country, and will be based primarily on taking an applicant’s performance at recent national and international competitions. FFC’s scoring system rewards good finishes at past national and international events over the last five years - generally speaking, the better you have placed at these events over the last five years, the better your chances of being selected for a team. However, in addition to past results, other (more subjective) criteria may be taken into account by the committee, such as whether a particular applicant:

  • has a “team first” orientation;

  • possesses specific skills suited to certain venues; and

  • generally makes for a good ambassador for Canada and FFC at these international events.

Six anglers may be selected for each of the teams. As only five anglers can fish in any given session at any of these championships, selected anglers should be aware that there is no guarantee that any selected angler will get to fish in all or any sessions. No alternate will be designated in advance, nor will any promises be made to any selected anglers that they will not be an alternate for any session(s). Rather, at the championship, the team captain will select the five anglers to fish in any particular session.

If you would like to apply for any of the above teams, please contact Randy Taylor, FFC President, by e-mail, phone or mail (letting him know for which team(s) you would like to be considered):

Randy Taylor


515 Legget Drive, Suite 800

Kanata, ON K2K 3G4

(613) 599-9600 ext 208

Applicants are reminded that they are responsible for paying their registration, travel and other expenses in attending these events. We have not prepared detailed budgets for any of the events, but you can expect that attending one of these events will cost you at least four thousand dollars (and probably more, depending on travel and pre-competition guiding, accommodation and meal arrangements). Selected members of Canadian teams for World championships are generally expected to arrive at the venue together at least one week in advance of commencement of official practice, which results in the trip being over two weeks in duration. If you are unable to make this kind of time commitment, then you should not apply for a World team. Further, if you have not yet competed at an international fly fishing competition, you are encouraged to apply for the team competing at the Oceania or Commonwealth championships. A World championship is not the place to ‘get your feet wet’ in international competitive fly fishing. Regardless of the particular event, selected members for all teams are expected to openly share helpful information concerning the venue and associated fishing tactics at all times leading up to the competition.

The cut-off date for applications is March 31, 2011. For enquiries and information about any of the above events, feel free to contact Randy at rt@lwlaw.com or (613) 599-9600 ext 208.