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Team Saskatchewan

Many fly fishers balk at the thought of competitive angling. We all are competitive, even if we only quietly keep track while we are out fishing alone or with friends.

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Competitive fly fishing isn’t what most of us initially think. It isn’t for cash prizes or boats. We compete for medals. Unless we manage to find sponsors, we pay our own way.

Competitions are governed by FIPS Mouche, the international organization that oversees all international competitions. Canadian competitions fall under the auspices of Flyfishing Canada, a member organization of FIPS Mouche.

Anglers can compete in national competitions as an individual or as a member of a team of five anglers. Becoming part of a team means that you are part of something bigger than yourself. It is a rewarding experience to train and compete with a team of like-minded anglers. As a result, your game will be elevated.

Competitive fly fishing on lakes involves loch style fishing, from a boat with two anglers. River and stream fishing often involves Czech nymphing or high-sticking. The things you learn will make you a more diverse and well-rounded angler. You will learn new techniques and fly patterns, and you will learn to concentrate on your fishing.

While it may not be for everyone, all fly anglers should consider trying it at least once. There are opportunities to see all the areas of Canada and many parts of the world, to meet anglers from all over Canada and the world, and to learn from the best.

Rick

There are anglers and teams that have been attending Nationals every year since their inception in 2003. They have developed their skills and made strong friendships. They have fished some of the best waters in Canada and abroad.

Team Saskatchewan fielded its first team to last year’s nationals in Manitoba. The teams that have been attending on a regular basis dominated. There was even a team from the UK (British Army) that was invited to attend and placed in the medals.

But, it was still a success for Team Saskatchewan. We introduced four anglers to competitive fly fishing. Two more of our ranks were invited to compete on a Manitoba team. We now have a nucleus of anglers who have been to nationals.

Where do we go from here? If you are interested in learning about competitive fly fishing, drop me a line. If there is enough interest, we may be able to put on sessions to explain the rules and demonstrate techniques.

I personally know a large number of accomplished fly fishers in Saskatchewan. With a bit of practice, we could field teams that are competitive, and have a lot of fun along the way.

Rick Goett

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