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by | Sep 20, 2023 | World Masters Fly Fishing Championships

flyfishingFishing on Team USA for the World Masters Fly Fishing Championships here in Kamloops, British Columbia is a great honor.  I’ve been lucky to be on this team since the first time I was invited when it was held in Ireland back in 2016. There’s a lot more to it than just getting to be on the team. You need to continuously practice and be on your game because you are representing the best of the USA.  Furthermore, you need to dedicate time before each tournament to arrive early and practice.


Brian-ChanThe 2023 Worlds event starts Sunday and today was our third day of practice.  This morning our host/guide Brian Chan took us to Six Mile Lake about an hour from Kamloops.  The weather was cold, drizzly and dreary.  The wind was light but strong enough to get good drifts for loch style lake fly fishing which is how we’ll be competing for three of our five beats.


fly-fishingSix Mile Lake will be similar to Corbett Lake where everyone will fish one session on during the competition.  The lake is mostly shallow but also has holes and submerged bars where trout can be found.  We had our usual set up of two of us on the boat with Brian and three of us packed tight in his extra boat.  Today I took a seat in the extra with Pete and Mike.


flyfishingFishing was excellent.  We fished intermediate lines in the shallows with a variety of flies from small nymphs to damsels.  We sent our faster sinking lines out over the deeper parts of the lake with Gomphus and Mop flies and a variety of buggers and did well too.  Today’s rainbows were abundant and excellent size.


Clearwater-River-BCWe called it early and had a late lunch at Harold’s in Kamloops.  Then we made the long 90 minute drive north to view the tournament water of the Clearwater River.  Because its comp water we are not allowed to fish it but we can look.  We all have one session here and after seeing it, this could be our most challenging.


pink-salmonThe Clearwater is massive and deep and chock full of pink salmon that do not score.  Dead and alive.  I mean everywhere.  And we did not see a trout or a whitefish anywhere.  We’re certain the scorable trout and whities are there but it will be hard to get them for two reasons.  First, today any cast you made today would likely snag a salmon.  Second, rumor has it that in past years when this unpredictable salmon run occurs, the trout and whitefish fill up on salmon eggs and are nearly impossible to catch.


Team-USA-FlyfishingIt was a long but productive practice and reconnaissance day.  We are all beat.  The guys are tying a few bugs up and I’m working on the blog.  Until tomorrow. . . .


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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!