North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships - June 19–22, 2013

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North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships - June 19–22, 2013

Fly fishers from across North America and around the World are invited to attend this international loch-style fly fishing competition. Members of the Canadian and U.S. national fly fishing teams will be on hand and competing for the team and individual medals, titles and prizes.




Trojan Pond


Tunkwa Lake

Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, June 19, 2013:
Official Meet & Greet: 7:00pm
Captains' Meeting and Draw 8:00pm

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Buffet Breakfast (meal included with entry fees) 7:30am - 8:30am
Official Practice: Tunkwa Lake 8:30am – 11:30am
Lunch Break at Tunkwa Lake Resort: 11:30am – 1:00pm
Session 1: Tunkwa Lake 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Friday, June 21, 2013
Buffet Breakfast (meal included with entry fees) 7:30am - 8:30am
Session 2: Trojan Pond 8:30am – 11:30am
Lunch Break at Trojan Pond: 11:30am – 1:00pm
Session 3: Trojan Pond 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Saturday, June 22, 2013
Buffet Breakfast (meal included with entry fees) 7:30am - 8:30am
Session 4: Trojan Pond 8:30am – 11:30am
Lunch Break at Trojan Pond: 11:30am – 1:00pm
Session 5: Trojan Pond 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Awards Banquet and Closing Ceremonies: 7:00pm - 12:00pm

Competition Venues:
Tunkwa Lake: One 3-hour session – single fly session
Trojan Pond: Four 3-hour sessions – maximum of 3 flies
Number of Competition Sessions: Five, 3-hour sessions of loch-style fishing.
Entry fee: $225.00 per person (proceeds donated to B.C. Children's Hospital).
Entry fees include a buffet-style breakfast and lunch on all of the competition days.
Awards: Medals will be awarded to the top three teams and individuals, and the Cup to the top team.
Competition Rules: FIPS-MOUCHE rules apply with special permission being granted for the use of multiple fly rigs on the Trojan Pond competition venue (a maximum of 3 flies).
Eligible species: Rainbow Trout.
Minimum length: 20cm.
Maximum number of teams (and competitors): 14 five-person teams (70 competitors).
Registration: Competitors can register as teams or will be assigned to a team if they choose to register as an individual (registration is based on a first-come-first-served and qualification basis, with 4 of the spots being reserved for international teams and competitors).

Here's the list of the teams that have officially qualified and already secured a spot:
(qualification is based on a top 50% finish during the past 2-year cycle of the loch-style fly fishing championships)
1. Team Cormorant
2. Team Merganser
3. Team MRFD
4. Team Airflo
5. Team Mustang
6. Team Motley Crew

The list of teams that have officially registered for the remaining 4 spots:
7. Team Tight Lines
8. Team B.C. Outdoors
9. Team Osprey
10. Canadian National Youth Fly Fishing Team

International Teams (maximum of 4 spots available):
11. Team USA
12. _ _ _ _ _ _
13. _ _ _ _ _ _
14. _ _ _ _ _ _

Official "Waiting List for Teams":
1. Team King Fishers
2. Team SD42
3. Tie One On
4. Mergansers (Eastern Team)

Official "Waiting List for Individual Competitors":
1. Kevin Cucheron
2. Vance Whitley
3. Matthew Mikes
4. Don MacEachen
5. Peter Oswell
6. Marc Bilan

Please confirm that you'll be "attending" on this page, and contact Todd Oishi in order to officially register your team or yourself for this event: info@lochstyleflyfishing.com


Here's a few photos from this year's championships on Trojan Pond:









 
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bcflyfisher

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The Sunburst works quite well in these waters (very few of the non-competitive anglers in North America use them).

It would be great to see a few teams from the U.K at next year's North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships - especially since you guys invented this technique (most North Americans either troll or anchor when fishing on stillwaters).

This is most likely one of the least expensive 3 day, 15 hour, international competitions that you're going to find. This is also your chance to visit Canada and fish Tunkwa Lake, which is one of the most famous stillwaters in British Columbia (was used as a venue for the 1993 World Fly Fishing Champions).

Here's a rough break-down of the expenses - based on 5 sharing and 6 days in Canada (Canadian Dollars):
Entry Fees: $225.00 (6 meals included in entry fees)
Meet & Greet and Banquet Meals: $30.00
Flight: $600 per person (London to Vancouver)
Mini-Van Rental: $125.00 per person
Fuel: $40.00 per person (2-1/2 hour drive from Bellingham )
Accomodations: $100.00 per person (cabin for 5 on Tunkwa Lake)
Meals/groceries: $100.00 per person.
Approximate costs per person= $1200.00 (Canadian Dollars)

There are some other absolutely incredible lakes in this particualr area that are well worth adding a few extra days onto the end of your trip... :)
 
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bcflyfisher

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There's only 10 days until the registration for this event closes, so don't delay if you are planning on entering as a team or individually...
North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships - June 19–22, 2013

Official List of Teams and Competitors:

1. Team Cormorant:
Todd Oishi (Captain)
John Nishi
Terence Courtoreille
Rob Stroud
Chris Puchniak

2. Team MRFD:
Paul Davidson (Captain)
Robert Ramsay
Devin Ramsay
Ted Gagel
Tim Bernardo

3. Team Merganser:
Graham Murfitt (Captain)
John Beaven
Clint Goyette
Sunny Van Der Kloof
Jim Iredale

4. Team Motley Crew:
Gord Bacon (Captain)
Peter Huyghebaert
John Wilkinson
Mike Briggs
Andy Larkin

5. Team Mustang:
Wayne Yoshizawa (Captain)
Aaron Laing
Randy Paskall
Randy Patton
Norm Godding

6. Team Rise Form:
Geoff LeClair (Captain)
Lloyd Horwood
Darryl Fischer
Mike Ohata
Jason Ladyman
Brian Chan (advisor/alternate)

7. King Fishers:
Vance Whitley (Captain
Kevin Cucheron
Martin Payne
Matthew Mikes
Mike Oishi

8. Team Osprey:
Ernie Kalwa (Captain)
Tom Irvine
Phil Irvine
Darin Benoit
Mark Felberg

9. Flytastic 5:
Jason Doucette (Captain)
Joshua Gelinas
Dean Kolody
Travis Cragg
Morgan Thorpe

10. Team Tight Lines
Rob Viala (Captain)
Peter Morrison
David Heine
Claude Cipelletti
Richard Chalke

11. Canadian National Youth Fly Fishing Team

International Teams (reserved for international teams):
12. _ _ _ _ _ _

List of individual competitors looking to form or join a team (indivduals may form a team if there are any vacant spots for teams 60 days prior to the event):
1. Don MacEachen
2. Peter Oswell
3. Ian Colin James
4. Marc Bilan

Please contact Todd Oishi in order to officially register your team or yourself for this event: info@lochstyleflyfishing.com
 

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Loving this; had no idea there was such a competition. Keep up posted!!! fly in will be to 'Couver, how far a drive from there to the lake?

Not sure of this one: "Fuel: $40.00 per person (2-1/2 hour drive from Bellingham." That's Washington State, no need/use to be there if you fly into Van? Well, the Duty Free store for 'adult refreshments.' but you'll spend more on Petrol than the trip is worth.

Present exchange rate (US to Canada) is just about dollar for dollar.On a day to day basis, a penny or two.

fae
 
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Thanks fredaevans! It's about a 3 hour drive from Vancouver, and takes you through some of the most amazing countryside and mountains that you could ever imagine.

The two venues provide some pretty spectacular fishing opportunities. Tunkwa Lake, as some of you might remember, was one of the venues that was used for the 1993 WFFC when it came to Canada. This lake is ideally suited for loch-style fishing and holds large populations of fish and produces a few rainbows over 10 pounds every season, with 3-6 pounders being more common as big fish. This venue will be fished as a "single fly" for one session of the competition.

The Trojan Pond has a very large population of hard fighting rainbows that can naturally reproduce in the feeder streams that flow into this lake. This venue is privately owner (by the Highland Valley Copper Mine), so competitors will be allowed to use up to 3 flies for the 4 sessions that will be held on this venue.

I hope to see a few teams from your side of The Pond making their way over to this year's or next year's championship. We're a friendly bunch and would be glad help to accommodate and assist your teams or individual competitors in any way possible!

Cheers,
Todd
 

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I would like to sincerely thank everyone that came out, participated, and helped to make this year's events such an outstanding success. I'd also like to thank all of the companies and individuals that donated such terrific items for this year's auction, and especially those who bid so generously on these items (it certainly provided some great entertainment). This year's registration and auction was by all account an outstanding success that raised an incredible amount of money for B.C.'s Children's Hospital (well over $27,000.00). For that fact alone, you should all be very proud to have been a part of this event!

Here are the official results...





Additional Details and Statistics:
Number of sessions: 5 sessions (3 hours per session)
Number of competitors: 50 competitors (10 teams)
Total number of fish caught & released: 912 rainbow trout
Most fish recorded after 5 sessions: Todd Oishi - 37 fish
Largest fish of the championship: Mike Ohata - 47.0 cm

Tunkwa Lake Statistics:
Number of fish recorded at Tunkwa Lake: 37 fish (1 session)
Most fish recorded in a single session at Tunkwa Lake: Terence Courtoreille and Darin Benoit - 3 fish each
Largest fish recorded at Tunkwa Lake: Mike Ohata - 47.0 cm


Trojan Pond Statistics:
Number of fish recorded at Trojan Pond: 875 fish (4 sessions)
Most fish recorded in a single session at Trojan Pond: Todd Oishi - 18 fish
Largest fish recorded at Trojan Pond: Ernie Kalwa - 46.6 cm

The Mr. Congeniality Award goes to Mike Ohata for being a great boat operator and holding the record for being the only boat to remain blank-free for 2 consecutive years (2012 and 2013), as both Mike and all 10 of his passengers have never blanked fishing while in his boat. Now that's what I call being a GREAT host!!

The competition venues for next year's 2014 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships remain the same, with the tentative dates being: June 25 – 28, 2014. I hope to see a few more international teams coming out and participating at next year's event!

Cheers,
Todd Oishi


Team Bronze Medalists: Lloyd Horwood, Mike Ohata, Geoff LeClaire, Darryl Fischer, Jason Ladyman


Team Silver Medalists: Darin Benoit, Tom Irvine, Ernie Kalwa, Phil Irvine, Mark Felberg


Team Gold Medalists: Todd Oishi, John Nishi, Rob Stroud, Terence Coutoreille, Chris Puchniak


Individual Medalists: John Nishi (bronze), Todd Oishi (silver), Rob Stroud (gold)

 
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Here are some photos of the events:


Sunset over Tunkwa Lake


Martin Payne overseeing Kevin Cucheron's fly tying skills


Another culinary masterpiece from Chef Vinny!


Team King Fisher doing a graveyard shift at the vices in preparation for the next day's session on the Trojan Pond


Competitors preparing for the practice session at Tunkwa Lake


Boats on the way out for the session


Cruising in search of unpressured water and willing fish on Tunkwa Lake


Prepping for Session 2 on Trojan Pond


Competitors talking strategy and prepping for Session 3 on Trojan Pond


Heading out for Session 4 on Trojan Pond


Boats coming in at the end of an afternoon session


Mike Oishi of Team King Fisher with another fine Tunkwa Lake rainbow trout


Competitors loading their gear in preparation for the first session on the Trojan Pond


Competitor's meeting at the Trojan Pond


Final preparations before the session begins...


Rob Ramsay of Team MRFD (Maple Ridge Fire Department) going over fly selection with his team mate...


Team King Fisher looking pretty snazzy and sexy in their team apparel (definitely one of the better dressed teams)...


Team MRFD celebrating yet another successful competition under their belt!


Chris Puchniak doing a little socializing and posing for a few cover shots!


Mike Oishi (left) and Kevin Cucheron demonstrating the proper, and improper, way to wear a hat...


Todd Oishi (left) and Mike Ohata (right) address the crowd and prepare for the medals and awards presentation


The medal presentation...


Individual medalists: (left to right) John Nishi (bronze); Todd Oishi (silver); Rob Stroud (gold)


Silver Medal Team: Team Osprey


Gold Medal Team: Team Cormorant





Jenny Ohata and Robyn Oishi (A.K.A. Bubbles and Snort) recording bids during the auction.


Good times and great friends!


The bidding was quite fierce at times...


One of the auction tables with some mighty fine goods...


Artwork by Nick Laferriere and a Team Canada fly box...


MRFD's Loch-style mugs and whiskey glasses fetched a pretty handsome dollar!


Team Osprey bidding on a table full of items...


Fly boxes and a bottle of scotch whiskey - a great combination...

You can read more by clicking on the following link: 2013 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships - June 19–22, 2013
 
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Looks like you had a great time.

Maybe next year I will come over and show you how to catch fish! :D
 

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I'd love to see a team or two from the U.K. come over and participate at the North American Championships. All teams (including international teams) are eligible for team and individual medals, awards, and prizes. I'd be happy to help make the necessary arrangements and guide you through the process, and bring you and any other individuals and teams up to speed on the venues.

Individual registrants are also welcome, and can be placed on existing teams that would be happy to host those who are interested in attending next year's North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships. There are accommodations (cabins and chalets) right on Tunkwa Lake or in the nearby town of Logan Lake. We're also able to provide shuttle services to help interested parties avoiding having to rent vehicles during their stay.

The competition venues for next year's 2014 North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships will Tunkwa Lake and the Trojan Pond, with the tentative dates being: June 25 – 28, 2014 (the dates of the Canadian NFFC and WFFC being a major factor). There will be five, 3-hour sessions held over a period of 3 days.

Picturesque Tunkwa Lake is world famous for it's extra large Kamloops Rainbow trout (trophy fish up to 10 pounds are caught each year). And, because of the abundance and size of these trout, Tunkwa Lake was chosen as a venue lake for the 1993 World Fly Fishing Championships.

Cheers,
Todd Oishi
Head Organizer of the North American Loch-Style Fly Fishing Championships
 
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minden1212

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Hi Todd, only taken us a few years to get our act together but Soldier palmers will hopefully have a team over next year :)


Dave Norbury
 

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