Update #15 - Grande Prairie Update

The bad news is that the Featherweights have withdrawn from the 2007 NFFC, so we are currently back to 13 teams. The good news is that Featherweights team captain Ian Troup and team member Dilrukshi Perera have announced their engagement. Unfortunately, their wedding date conflicts with the Grande Prairie event, but Ian said they look forward to seeing everyone again at Mont Tremblant, Quebec, next year. Congratulations to both!

There have been requests for the postal address at which to register, and also the URL for the Grande Prairie headquarters hotel that has set aside a block of 50 rooms for the event.

Send a cheque for $250.00 (per person), payable to Fly Fishing Canada, to:

Diana Lavigne
LaBarge Weinstein Professional Corporation
A Business Law Firm
515 Legget Drive, Suite 800
Kanata, ON
K2K 3G4

Please include your e-mail address so Diana can confirm that the cheque has been received (which confirms that you are registered).

The Service Plus Inn informed me this morning that 12 rooms have already been booked. Check it out at www.serviceplusinns.com/grande_prairie

The area's other hotels are at www.abfind.com/Grande_Prairie_Hotels

Jim Epp, president of the Peace River Flyfishers Association, suggests the following three web sites as sources of information detailing where the competition waters are located. The first URL is quite long, so please make sure that you load it all properly in the Address block

All of the web sites provide detailed directions to various lakes, but following are thumbnail excerpts from the abfind.com site concerning the four competition waters:

Kakut Pond: About 50 km north of Grande Prairie on Highway 2, 11 km east on Highway 677, then 1.5 km north. Paved for first 50 km. Contains rainbow and brook trout. Located just off main lake. Not much to look at but great for fly fishers as there are few back-cast hazards. Contains surprisingly large fish.

Moonshine Lake: About 1 hour north of Grande Prairie, then 15 minutes west of Rycroft. Paved Road all the way. Contains rainbows, browns and pike. Algae can be quite heavy during the summer, but good water quality in the spring, fall, and winter.

Spring Lake: About 100 km from Grande Prairie. Drive 25 km west of Grande Prairie and turn north at the La Glace sign. Drive 25 km west of La Glace and then north on RR 110 (there is a Spring Lake sign). At the 3-way intersection turn east and backtrack about 1 km, then turn north at the Spring Lake sign and continue to another sign on the west side. There is some paved road, then 60 km of gravel road. Contains rainbow and brook trout. A beautiful, small, spring-fed lake, surrounded by forest. 

Swan Lake: About 100 km from Grande Prairie. Take Highway 63 south about 80 km east and turn south on Ridge Valley Road. When Ridge Valley Road dead-ends, turn left and watch for signs on the right side of the road. Ridge Valley Road is paved until just past the townsite, then it's good gravel. Contains rainbows. Heavy algae bloom during summer, but good in spring, fall and winter.

 Jim wrote that "The Alberta Fishing Guide" should be available by mail from The Tackle Shack in Grande Prairie. Unfortunately, their web site -- www.tackleshackoutfitters.com -- is still under construction, but you can e-mail them at tacklshk@telusplanet.net.

In addition, there is a good set of maps available through Backroad Mapbook at www.backroadmapbooks.com. Look for the South Peace Alberta volume.

If you can wait for a while, Jim wrote that the local organizing committee should have their own publication out by this spring. It will contain information, directions, road maps, hydrological maps, useful information, and lots of pictures. It sounds like a winner. 

Fly Fishing Canada and The Canadian Fly Fisher magazine will have a booth at seven shows this spring. Everyone is invited to stop by for a visit and get caught up on the latest news and information regarding Canada's national fly-fishing magazine, Fly Fishing Canada, the 5th National Fly Fishing Championships and Conservation Symposium at Grande Prairie, Alberta, and the 6th and 7th Nationals scheduled for Quebec and PEI respectively. And if you can help out by spending some time at the booth, all the better. Unfortunately, I'm still missing details on the Granby, Quebec, show, but will pass them on if and when they become available.  

2-4 February
Western Canadian Fly-Fishing Exposition
Max Bell Centre
Calgary, Alta.

3-4 February
Fly Fishing Forum
Granby, Que.

15-18 February
Ontario Out of Doors Spring Fishing Show
Toronto International Centre
Mississauga, Ont.

March 2-4
Fraser Valley Boat & Sportsman Show
Tradex Centre
Abbotsford, BC

15-18 March
Atlantic Sports and RV Show
Exhibition Park Buildings, Halifax

31 Mar-1 Apr
The 4th Dieppe Fly Fishing Forum
NB Community College
Dieppe, NB

14-15 April
Canadian Fly Fishing Forum
Burlington, Ont.

I have had a couple of requests for the complete set of updates to date. This is not a problem, so if you wish a set just let me know.

Bob Jones
PR Geezer