An outdoor writer, book author, world-class fly tier, and an active, hard-working conservationist, Van has lived in Campbell River for over 50 years. A retired school teacher (biology and oceanography), he was a close friend and fishing companion of Roderick Haig-Brown. We wish him a speedy recovery and return to his home, which is right on the bank of the Campbell River, just a short walk upstream from Haig-Brown House.
Also received yesterday was an e-mail from Jim Iredale of Mont Tremblant, Quebec, with the following update of their recent fly-fishing invitational.
Nothing to report on the 2006 Nationals yet. Mac Stark assures me that the details are being dealt with and they are nearing completion.
From Jim Iredale:
We held our fourth Defi de la Diable fly-fishing tournament here on our fly fishing only section of the Riviere de la Diable. Sixteen competitors entered as teams of two. Morning and afternoon draws were made to assign beats to two opposing competitors over eight different beats, which were fished for a three-hour session during the
morning and afternoon.
We had three teams from the Ottawa Fly Fishers as well as members of our club in attendance. Fish were landed on all beats save one -- 24 during the morning session and 19 during the afternoon session.
Points were given as follows: 5 points for trout less than 12 inches, 10 points for trout more than 12 inches, and 1 point for anything else (we have fallfish and a very few bass in the river).
Here are the results by team:
1st. Ivo Balinov & Chesley Sheppard 140 points
2nd. Jean Seb. Bernier & Pierre Morin 35 points
2nd. Bruno Laroche & Nicolas Matte 35 points
4th. Guy Houle & Alain Monast 15 points
4th. Bob Jurmain & Sandy Haggart 15 points
6th. Eric Short & Philip Short 5 points
7th. Bernard Dalbec & Pierre Beauregard 4 points
8th. Guy Douville & Michel Verrault 0 points
The tournament was held under varying conditions from light rain during the morning, and a clearing wind with sun and clouds for the afternoon. The leaves are just beginning to change colour here and the water level is normal for this time of year.
The section we fished has been stocked over the past eight years by our club, and now that we have government regs for fly fishing only on 5 kilometres of the river, we concentrated our stocking there this year. About 4,000 brown trout from 10 to 20 inches were stocked this season. We hope to increase this to 10,000 fish by 2008 for the National.
All of the first-timers on the river went away impressed, and I am quite confident that we can increase the attendance for next year. Certainly members of the Ottawa Fly Fishers club will be seen angling our shores next season.
Regards and cheers,