Final Practice Day Hindered by Weather

by | Sep 23, 2023 | World Masters Fly Fishing Championships

flyfishingEveryone on this USA Fly Fishing Team has been around long enough to know what a perfect practice is and this week we are very close to having one.  Today was our last day before the World Masters event starts and we went fishing.  But it was not a whirlwind of fishing insanely hard and trying to figure things out.  All that’s been done.  Today was to go out and have fun.  Don’t over extend yourself.  And make sure at the end of the day to feel rested and ready for the competition.


Brian-ChanThe only thing in our way of an enjoyable final day was weather.  The skies of Kamloops were ominous with low clouds whizzing by and strong wind.  Brian Chan led us to Stake Lake, a mere 45 minutes from town.  Minutes after we went out on the lake we got caught in a deluge of rain.


KamloopsThe rain never let up for the four hours that we fished.  What was planned as a kick back and have a couple beers day was more of a tighten up the sleeves of your rain jacket and pull the hood far up over your head.


flyfishingWhile such weather often sets trout out on a feeding frenzy, today was the opposite.  Loren and I fished together and he managed to land two measurable rainbows.  I was blanked.  Pete, Bret and Mike landed a few, but very few.  We called it early then drove to Tunkwa Lake for a look.


Tunkwa-LakeTunkwa Lake will be the most challenging lake of the competition.  It’s a large lake with lots of weeds and supposedly, some of the largest Pennask rainbows in the region.  These fish will be hard to find, hard to coax into eating your fly, and last, very hard to bring to the net.  Both Pete and Loren have fished here in years past.  We stood on a point and they showed us places to try during the tournament.  This will be the lake that whatever it takes – don’t blank!


KamloopsTomorrow the 2023 World Masters Fly Fishing Championships kicks off.  We’ll migrate from our Airbnb to the competition hotel and get registered for the event.  Then there will be the opening ceremonies parade and dinner.  The actual fishing will run for five straight days starting Monday.  I’ll fill you in more on how this all works.  But for now, Jerry is treating us to sushi night!


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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!