Our Man In Canada
May 29th, 2000
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Drought Stricken Jake Jindabyne

World Championships in 2000

Text and Photos by John Huff

This year's World Fly Fishing Championship will be held in England from May 14 - 21. Stillwater venues for the event are the Chew Valley reservoir and the legendary Blagdon Reservoir in the south of England where there will be both boat and bank fishing sessions. The river venue is the equally legendary Test in Hampshire, the birthplace of modern dry fly fishing. Although the Test has become somewhat tarnished in recent years, it should provide both delight and challenge for the competitors.

Veteran, Paul Marriner, who has captained the team previously, returns to take over from John Huff, last year's captain. The team members represent the country from coast to coast. The World Championships are always tough on unfamiliar waters, but we have a fine team of experienced fly fishers. We came very close last year in Australia, and with three members of that team also on this year's team, we should head across the pond with confidence. The team is as follows:

    Paul Marriner (Nova Scotia) - Team Captain/alternate
    Dan Bell (Alberta)
    David Bishop (Quebec)
    Kathy Ruddick (British Columbia)
    Randy Taylor (Ontario)
    Donald Thom (Quebec)
    Jack Simpson (Ontario) - non-fishing manager

The event, as usual, will feature a Conservation Symposium after the competition.

Fly Fishing Canada Youth Team - We need Recruits!
This year we play host to the FIPS Mouch/Youth World Fly Fishing Championships, which will be held in the Cranbrook area of British Columbia from August 14 - 22. Teams from 15 countries will be taking part. The youth event has a powerful emphasis on learning, with clinics and conservation activities taking up a significant part of the time. It's a tremendous opportunity for young anglers to grow in all aspects of fly fishing, as well as learn from other young fly fishers from all over the world.

Fly Fishing Canada invites experienced fly fishers between the ages of 14 and 18 as of January 1, 2000 to apply to become members of the Canadian team. While we're looking for youngsters from every province, we especially encourage applications from British Columbia, the prairie provinces, Quebec, and the Maritimes.

Here's what to do if you'd like to be considered for the team. Write to Fly Fishing Canada for an application form. Fill it out and send back to reach us by the deadline of May 1, *2000. The following is the address:

    Fly Fishing Canada
    7171 Torbram Road, Unit 50
    MISSISSAUGA, ON
    L4T 3W4

Spring 2000 issue
Fly Fishing Team Canada would like to take this opportunity to thank its sponsors; Teton Reels, Cortland Line - Normark, Kenauk - The Seignory at Montebello, "Sport Fishing on the Fly", Upper Bow Guide Service, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Airflow, Superfly, Canada Pro, Patagonia, G. Loomis Canada, Brightwater Fly Fishing, The Ganny Fly Shoppe.

John Huff has competed at the World Fly Fishing Championships since 1991 and captained the team for the last three years. He lives in Chelsea, Quebec with his wife Deborah and children Colin and Emma. John operates Brightwater Fly Fishing in Ottawa's Byward Market. ~ John Huff

*Publisher's Note: My apologies for the late posting of this announcement on the applications for the Youth Team. However, a letter for next year asking for an application might be in order. ~ dlb

We thank the Canadian Fly Fisher for re-print permission!

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