Over the weekend I had the opportunity to travel to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I’d been invited here by the Kilpatrick  Flyfishers to be one the presenters at their 2009 Fly-Fishing Jamboree. The club was formed in 1985 and this was their 5th Annual Jamboree. It had been more than 20 years since I last visited Saskatoon and it was great to be able to return to this city.

The window of my sixth floor hotel room provided me with a spectacular riverfront view of the mighty South Saskatchewan River and the University Bridge. My hotel was directly across the river from the University of Saskatchewan campus.

The window of my sixth floor hotel room provided me with a spectacular riverfront view of the mighty South Saskatchewan River and the University Bridge. My hotel was directly across the river from the University of Saskatchewan campus (top left of photo).

 The Jamboree was a huge success and was attended by people from as far away as Prince Albert and Regina. It was a well organized event and I was especially impressed with the number of kids, young adults and families in attendance. It appears this club is doing an excellent job promoting the sport of fly-fishing in Saskatoon and surrounding area.

A young fly-tier

Eric Koshinsky and son, Darren, tying flies. A young fly-tier in the making!

Fly-tying demonstrations were conducted throughout the day by various club members. They’re really a talented bunch and their tables attracted a lot of attention.

Fly-tying demonstration

Fly-tying demonstration

Paul Oltsher (The Northern Fly Fisherman) had a large booth, with an impressive selection of fly-tying tools, materials and fishing gear on display. Joe Van’t Hof was also in attendance, with his large collection of antique tackle and lures.

The Northern Fly Fisherman Booth

The Northern Fly Fisherman Booth

 

Joe Van't Hof and antique fishing equipment & lures

That's Joe Van't Hof on the right, with his display of antique fishing equipment & lures

  Saskatchewan Conservation Officer, Gary Provencher, provided an excellent presentation, “Hooked On Fishing – Not On Drugs,” a unique program geared toward introducing youth to the sport of fishing. Yet another interesting presentation was made by Sonnet McGuire of Narrow Hills Provincial Park. This Park is located approximately 150 km northeast of Prince Albert. Sonnett’s presentation covered a variety of topics, including recreational opportunities, such as trout fishing, available in the Park. For more info on this Park, and to download a pdf copy of their fishing map, be sure to visit  their web site (click the link above). There’s some good fly-fishing to be had in Saskatchewan, if you know where to look!

I’d been asked to make a couple of presentations, including one on fishing in Crowsnest Pass, “Fly-Fishing Alberta’s Chinook Country,” and another on reading water and stream-fishing techniques. I also participated in the fly-tying demos.

Introducing my "Fly-Fishing Alberta's Chinook Country" Presentation. (Photo courtesy of Ken Dornan)

Introducing my "Fly-Fishing Alberta's Chinook Country" Presentation. (Photo courtesy of Ken Dornan)

Vic's fly-tying demo

One of my fly-tying demos. (Photo by Ken Dornan)

I had a great time and would like to thank the Kilpatrick Flyfishers for inviting me to participate in their Jamboree. Special thanks go out to Dennis Pagoda, Eric Lawrenz, Ken Dornan and Terry Cook. Thanks also to Dave Cook for treating me to a special “driving tour” of the city prior to the event. Saskatoon is a beautiful city, indeed!