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Students participate in fly-fishing competition
More than 50 students from four high schools competed in the High School Fishing Clubs Fly Fishing Competition on Sunday at the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery in Abbotsford.
The competition was open to students ages 13 to 17 who spent the day enjoying their favourite pastime while competing for new club fishing gear.
Events included teams from each school competing to catch the most fish and a casting distance competition to see who could cast the farthest.
The relay race for rigging a rod pitted teams against each other, with each member performing a step in the process of rigging a rod. The first team to catch a fish with that rod won the relay.
The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC was created in 2003 as a private, not-for-profit organization, funded largely through freshwater fishing licence revenues.
The society works in partnership with provincial fisheries managers to deliver fish stocking programs that support 50 per cent of all fishing in B.C. lakes, releasing between six and eight million fish annually.
It also operates fish culture services for sturgeon recovery programs, and various initiatives to increase angling participation. Through these programs, the society is working to ensure that B.C. has the most accessible, enjoyable and sustainable freshwater fishing in North America.