Sports Fly-Fishing NZ: Commonwealths 2016 CANADA


2016 commonwealth championships team captains report



Neil Hirtzel (Captain)

Johannes Krill

Peter Scott

John Gummer

Mark Clasper

Paul Baker

Final day

Now that we are in 3rd place again the team needed good results from the last session. Alas it was not to be. 3 blanks. Young John came thru again with another first on Lac Barriere. Mark didn't have a good beat on the Diable. Paul dropped a fish on des Iles. Johannes managed 2 on the Diable. Peter however just needed I counter on Lac Renverse to get a medal and also the team a medal. It was that close.


Overall results after session 5

 Day 2 - 1st Sep.

 Session 3 disaster 3 blanks on the lakes,  fortunately Paul and Peter  had good results on the Diable. The team dropped to 7th.

Session 4 redemption John got a first on Renversi the killer lake. Mark and Paul on the other lake had good placing points. Peter had A 1st place on the river, now running at 9 cumecs perfect conditions. Team back in the bronze medal position. Peter is 4th. In the individual race. There are 5 anglers on equal points so it's down to the last session.


Day 1  - 31st Aug

John had most likely the worst beat on the Diable, 2 fish. At least no other team member will draw that water.  Mark drew beat 3 sector 1, could be hardest river beat on that sector basically a total rapid.  Yet caught 4.  On the lakes the remaining team members all manage to catch at least 1 fish.
     Team is 5th. Session 2 result will be posted in the morning.

The reason for results of session 2 was because there was 2 protests.  1 was against our John. He was given a warning by the controller about not bringing his road back when catching a fish for measure, then he did it again.  I attested at the protest meeting that I had informed he re the rule and also that the trout caught were not foul hooked.  John was deducted one fish and dropped 1 place.  One thing about this comp brake rules there will be consequences, also the controllers stick by the rules full stop.  All the team members continue to get good results even on the lakes which don't fish well at times. End of day 1 New Zealand is in 3rd. Place.


DATE: 30th August 2016

The team all arrived safely to Montreal.  Picked up our rental van a big F350 van, not quite what I ordered. Our accommodation in Mt. Tremblant was a log cabin with all the amenities. Very comfortable and warm.  Down a gravel road and set amongst trees with a deer hind and two fawns present.  Also a small stream.  However no internet.

Next day we met Denis our guide, we ended up at Lac des Iles. Had to hire boats, battery,motors and pay for fishing permits $400. Licence $80. Well the fishing is not exactly exciting, rather hard, the trout are smallish and don't fight very hard.  The Diable is not called the devils river for nothing, down steep banks with powerful currents with rocks and large boulders.  Anglers are recommended to have knee, shin pads and a stout wading stick.  PFDs are compulsory.  Several of the team have taken a spill already.  Thursday to Saturday was official Lake practice.  There was a rotation of the three lakes.  Barriere, Renversi, and des Iles. Rather deep and not a lot of shallow areas, stocked with rainbows, brook, and lake trout.  Practiced with different lines and all manner of flies.  Not a lot of trout caught.  Some of the teams are commenting on the poor fishing in relation to expense.

In Quebec French is the official language but most residents speak English.  Roads are narrow and windy, I have to be careful driving our big van.  Morning and evenings are getting cooler, but during the days have been quite hot.  Everything is delightful, houses, villages, scenery, trees are green with some showing the first signs of changing colour. Restaurants offer French menus and tipping is expected. Prices match New Zealand.


We are now in the Fairmont the competition hotel.  5 star accommodation with what I give is 1 star fishing.

Tomorrow the competition starts. Neil