Competition Flies – Canadian National Fly Fishing Teams

24 Feb

So I had an opportunity to talk to members of the Canadian National Fly Fishing Teams at the Ottawa Boat and Sportsmen’s Show this weekend. I talked to National Fly Fishing Team captain Byron Sheperd and National Youth Fly Fishing Team captain Colin Huff.

They had a booth set up and on display were the actual competition flies used by their teams. What I noticed about the flies was the size and use of flash and colour in the flies.  The flies were the normal shapes and silhouettes we see and use everyday, but the sizes were larger than I typically use or tie.  I think there were some size 10 beadhead nymphs and some size 6-8 buggers in orange and claret.

I didn’t have my camera and I wouldn’t want to give away any secrets, but flash dubbing, krystal flash and brightly coloured beads adourned the oversized collection of flies.

It was quite obvious that the flies were not imitative traditionals, but a collection of bigger, flashier flies designed to draw reactionary strikes.  When you have to cover lots of water in limited time having flies the fish see the first time must make the difference.

It was great chatting with Colin and Byron about fishing in Ontario, Quebec and the US, the upcoming Nationals in Calgary and the Youth World Fly Fishing Championships in Ireland. These guys obviously know what they are talking about.

As mentioned in Ontario Out of Doors – Fishing Annual, the Youth National Fly Fishing Team is looking for young fly anglers interested in becoming members of the team and heading to the 12th FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship in Ireland in July. It would be an amazing experience for any youth able to attend.

Have you ever competed in a fly fishing competition? Would you want to?


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