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New Stillwater Fly Fishing Tournament Leaps Onto Manitoba's Angling Calendar

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Fly fishing in Manitoba now has a new tournament Fly fishing in Manitoba now has a new tournament

A new fly-fishing tournament to be held on four trout-stocked lakes is among this year's competitive events for anglers in the central Canadian province of Manitoba.

The inaugural edition of the Bug Chucker Cup-Manitoba Stillwater is scheduled for June 1-2, 2012, in the western Manitoba town of Roblin and the neighboring area. The locally organized annual event is Manitoba's only fly-fishing tournament.

Roblin was the site of the 2010 Canadian National Fly Fishing Championships.

Anglers will compete in two-person teams, fishing from boats for brook, brown, rainbow, and tiger trout on East Goose Lake, Persse Lake, Twin Lakes, and a fourth aerated lake yet to be announced, according to tournament co-chair Bill Pollack. Each team will fish on two different lakes each day at assigned times.

Anglers must supply their own watercraft. Pollack expects most will fish from single-person inflatable devices such as float tubes or pontoon boats, with a few using 12- or 14-foot aluminum boats. Gasoline engines are forbidden.

The organizing committee will pair individual entrants with partners to form teams.

The team taking first prize will receive $100 (Canadian) per team member and laser-engraved wood fly boxes as momentos. Second prize is $75 per team member. Third prize is $50 per member. First, second, and third prize winners also receive free entry to the 2013 tournament. Merchandise prizes will be awarded in other categories.

Judging for the catch-and-release event is based on the total combined length of fish caught by each team. Each team member can register three fish per lake, or a total of 12 per person for the tournament.

Entry fees are $40 per person, or $80 for a two-person team. Registration check-in is May 31.

For information, call 204-937-8925 or 204-937-3324.

Website: www.bugchuckercup.com.

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