Several of Canada's top anglers have flocked to Roblin this weekend for the eighth National Fly Fishing Championship and Conservation Symposium. The event, which begins Saturday, will see each angler vying for a place on Canada's international fly fishing teams that will compete at the 2011 Worlds in Italy.
"We are excited to be having such an amazing event in our community," executive director Kelly Keast said.
"With anglers coming from across the nation and overseas, we are eager to showcase all that we have to offer to the world. The competition is shaping up to be a first-class event, thanks to the many volunteers who have been working hard at planning and organizing for the past few years."
The actual fly fishing competition will take place from May 27-29 on five different lakes located throughout the Parkland region, including Twin Lakes (north of Roblin), East Goose Lake (Roblin), Spear Lake (northwest of Russell), Patterson Lake (north of Oakburn) and Tokaryk Lake (north of Oakburn).
Monday and Tuesday are designated as practice days, with competitors fishing on West Goose Lake (Roblin), Sandy Lake, Pybus Lake (south of Sandy Lake), and Corstorphine Lake (north of Sandy Lake). A Youth Fly Fishing School is being held on Saturday and Sunday on Pybus Lake. The Youth School is being instructed by the 2009 Fly Fishing Canada youth gold medalists and will be an excellent opportunity for young fishers to gain valuable skills and experience in the field.
In addition to the championship, several other events will be taking place in the community of Roblin. A conservation symposium, highlighting recent conservation initiatives within the province, will be held in conjunction with the competition. Various guest speakers will discuss current projects that aim to protect and preserve our natural resources.
The Roblin Curling Club will act as event headquarters and will feature evening meals sponsored by local businesses and entertainment by local musicians.
Roblin and District Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring a trade show on Friday, May 28, and Saturday, May 29, at the Roblin Curling Club. Exhibitors from all business sectors will be showcasing their products and services.
Participant Meet and Greet is slated for Wednesday afternoon at Asessippi Ski Area and Resort with opening ceremonies to be held Wednesday evening at the Roblin Community Centre.
An awards banquet, live and silent auctions and closing ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 29, at the Roblin Curling Club.