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Project “Fly vs Spin” continues

Good times at Island Lake competition where fly guys met spinning guys in a friendly competition. So far “Fly vs Spin” project was a success and in just a few weeks from now it will host the biggest river competition for this summer in London, Ontario on the mighty Thames River. This competition will have a new format different then last year and it will be open to all fishing styles that are using artificial lures.


This is a project we’ve been working on for quite some time and we decided that 2016 is a good season to start.

No need to say more about this debate between fly fishing and spin fishing, it’s time to let actions speak.

Fly vs Spin project

This year Team “Sotto2”, from the Ontario Fly Fishing League, will participate in several professional tournaments using fly fishing gear against spin/bait-cast gear fishermen.   We will be uploading videos from each event,  just follow our website updates or Facebook page.

Fly vs Spin project

This is a shout to all fishermen who feel that this is a cool way to express their passion for the sport; if you think you’re ready for action join us in one of these events:

May 14 – Gloucester Pool

Top50 Pike Series Tournament Trail –

May 23rd – Wildwood Lake

Angling Sports Pike Derby –

June 11th-12th – Lake Nipissing

SOTTO Cup  –

July 16th – Island Lake

OPFFC Pike Wars –

If you decide to participate or have any questions leave a comment here, on our Facebook page or send us an email from the Contact us top right menu.

Fly vs Spin Project


Competition Point System – Explained

We will try to explain in more detail here the international system we used at Lyndon Competitions. All the rotations and mathematical tricks are made in an effort to take out the “luck” factor as much as possible. From this point of view the competitors are being split in 3 groups. These groups will fish 3 sectors around the lake. Every group  has 7 competitors. These 7 competitors will compete against each other in 3 sessions. Each game(session) is held on a different sector and at the end of each session the competitors are being put into each group’s leaderboard according to the fish points they accumulated in that session. This gives them a session placing which you can see in the first 3 columns…

Name Session1






Total points from placing Final place Total fish points
Keefer Pitfield 1 2 1 4 1 73
Ian Troup 1 1 3 5 2 66
David Nonomura 2 1 2 5 3 56
Hari Klein 4 1 3 8 4 36
Kevin Nonomura 5 2 2 9 5 43
Ionut Cotinghi 5 3 1 9 6 28
Mason Whary 2 2 5 9 7 26
Ciprian Rafan 2 7 1 10 8 43
Jesse Tetreault 2 6 2 10 9 22
Cosmin Muresan 4 4 3 11 10 19
Blair Wilson 7 3 3 13 11 20
Mike Thompson 3 4 7 14 12 26
Mark Pietrowski 3 6 5 14 13 23
Calin Lumperdean 6 4 4 14 14 14
Gedas Cepinskas 1 7 6 14 15 9
Rubin Szauter 7 5 3 15 16 12
Doug Robertson 4 6 5 15 16 12
Jordan McIntyre 3 7 7 17 18 13
Dave Culver 7 3 7 17 19 12
Lucian Holdevici 6 4 7 17 20 7
John Wilson 6 5 7 18 21 16


…the best placing into a session being 1 and the worst being 7. At the end of the competition we take all these placings and add them up, and you can see the total in the fourth column named “Total points from placing”. The perfect score you can have in this column is 3, that means that you’ve placed 1st in every session, and the worst score you can have is 21, that means that you’ve placed last in every session.

When a tie occurs the total of fish points are used to break the tie. If the tie cannot be broken the competitors will receive the same place and the next one will be empty.

Please read the rules for more details.

Lyndon II – Results

Keefer Pitfield 1 73
Ian Troup 2 66
David Nonomura 3 56
Hari Klein 4 36
Kevin Nonomura 5 43
Ionut Cotinghi 6 28
Mason Whary 7 26
Ciprian Rafan 8 43
Jesse Tetreault 9 22
Cosmin Muresan 10 19
Blair Wilson 11 20
Mike Thompson 12 26
Mark Pietrowski 13 23
Calin Lumperdean 14 14
Gedas Cepinskas 15 9
Rubin Szauter 16 12
Doug Robertson 16 12
Jordan McIntyre 18 13
Dave Culver 19 12
Lucian Holdevici 20 7
John Wilson 21 16

LYNDON I – results

Here are the results of LYNDON I – April 2nd 2016

Name                                                Placing          Total Competition Points

Keefer Pitfield 1 69
Ciprian Rafan 2 69
Ian Troup 3 71
Hari Klein 4 76
Cosmin Muresan 5 56
Alex Frizzel 6 44
Mason Warry 7 76
Sorin Comsa 8 50
Ionut Cotinghi 9 34
David Nonomura 10 49
Blair Wilson 11 38
David Forgeron 12 38
David Culver 13 21
Calin Lumperdean 14 21
Jordan McItyre 15 15
John Wilson 16 12
Rubin S. 17 6
Mark Pietrowski 18 11
Joe Moreira 18 11
Lucian Holdevici 20 4
Gedas Cepinski 21 16



One more week…

Hi guys,

We have one more week until the start of the Championship. I hope you’re getting ready, filling the boxes with new flies, cleaning the fly lines and greasing the reels. The first competition will align at the start 21 competitors, one third of them having already a strong competition experience. This competition format will allow the less experienced competitors to watch live experienced fly fishermen applying various techniques on the lakes.

We all wish you good luck!



This Saturday during the practice we will have a presentation/clinic about lake fly fishing.

FREE attendance

FREE coffee

FREE lunch

FREE set of flies (competition series)

This is a unique opportunity to meet one of the best fly fishing teams in Ontario, 2015 Team Silver Medalists in Ontario Fly Fishing Championship. A day when their fly boxes and knowledge are open for you.

Please let us know if you are interested by sending a pm or email.

Important: if you choose to fish with us on the private lake there is a fee that goes towards the fisheries.


Welcome to the new SFFC website!

Please take a look at the menu on the left to see all the competitions for 2016.

On the top right you’ll find the menu for rules,results and other events like fly fishing schools, fundraising events, volunteering,etc.

If you need help or more  info, just use the comment box at the bottom of the page.

To participate in the SFFC Ontario Provincial Fly Fishing Championship you need to have a yearly valid membership with the League.




Fly Fishing school

A month ago we posted this on Facebook:

We would like to thank our friend Bing Gan for this project:
The plastic surgery residents from Western University London, Ontario got their first fly fishing lesson from Sottoflyfishing Club Canada together with Dr. Nick Carr a visiting professor from Vancouver, and Mr. Bing Gan a local fly fisheman.
Great day on the water!


It’s time for a new fly fishing school!

We are going out Friday with a new group.

Lake fly fishing competition – pictures&interviews part 2

In the second part of this article we have more pictures and another interview/feedback with Rob Cesta, a young guide and a formidable fly fisherman. You can find him at . This is his feedback:

1. Could you give us a few words about yourself?

I am an independent fly fishing guide who has been fly fishing since his teen years. My love for the sport has lead me to pursue a career where i can spend as much time on rivers and lakes that I can, and can take me around the world fishing.


2. When did you start doing fly-fishing competitions? Why?

This was my first competition! I had always followed competitive fly fishing news and used the techniques, in rivers, that were popularized by competitive anglers and when I saw the chance to compete myself I jumped right at it! Competition leads to innovation and refinement of skills, what a better way to progress as an fly angler and step up your game!


3. How do you prepare for a competition? (techniques, fly tying, training, gear, etc.)

For this, my first, competition I solicited advice from my friends and contacts who have competed before. While their advice was invaluable I still used online resources and picked up a phone to ask some questions about the venue and the fish we were to angle for. Tying wise, I had a selection of commonly used still water patters that are known to produce, some in naturals and some in wilds. Because it was a still water competition the gear i selected was based on the ability to fish different depths of water. If the fish were suspending and feeding at a certain depth, getting my flies into the appropriate position is key! As for training, I wish I had a chance to get onto the body of water previous to the competition and practice, but unfortunately that was not possible. Know your water!!


4. How was the fishing in this competition?

The fishing in the competition was slightly more difficult than expected. Being a stocked pond I thought the fish would have struck anything in their path out of curiosity or hunger, while this was fairly true positioning on the water body played a massive part for success.


5.A few words about the strategy/flies/rods/lines?

The strategy I used in the first session didn’t pay off, I blanked!!! I quickly changed my set up in the second session, and a better position in the pond allowed me to be very successful, 7 landed and many more hooked! For equipment, having rods with different a floating line and three others with different sink rates allowed me to explore what produced most effectively, when i found what worked, I stuck with it! Mind you, you don’t need 4 rods rigged and on hand, having a reel with different spools that have different sink rates of lines on each one would be handy for your average angler.



6. How would you describe the general atmosphere?

The atmosphere was one of general camaraderie. We are all anglers who are of like minds, how could we not all get along!? There was a feeling of competition in the air, but that did not stop the competitors from offering tips to each other on how to better achieve success and get fish in their nets!


7. How would you rate the organization part on a scale from 1 to 10?

The organization was 10/10! It ran very smooth and seamlessly! I was very impressed.


8. What suggestions would you have for the same competition in the following years?

The only thing about the competition I would change was the physical layout of the individual placements of the pond. The end towards, what I can only assume, where the fish are fed was unbelievable productive, where as positions towards the other side of the pond were not nearly as productive. I would, next year, to even the field by omitting A5, B1, B2, and B3 as positions, and also, C4 (?) the position with the tree in the middle i would have used the tree as the divider between positions instead of having it right in the middle… casting was a B*$CH!


9. What advice would you give to those who participated for the first time?

Advice i would give to a first time competitor is have the ability to adapt! If something is not producing, have a way of changing up quickly and find something that does work! Have a variety of lines, or sink tips and flies to suit the scenario.


10. Will you come to this event next year?

I will absolutely, 100%, be attending the even next year! Hopefully there will be another competition organized sooner, it will be tough to wait an entire year!! If there was one organized once a month, I’d attend every one.


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Lake fly fishing competition – pictures&interviews part 1

We have some pictures from the competition, but more to come. We want to thank all of you for being there, I am glad to hear that everyone had a great time.

We have some interviews/feedbacks from the competitors and tonight we will post the first one.

Keefer Pitfield had the courtesy to answer our questions. He is the winner of this year competition, congrats again Keefer!


1. Could you give us a few words about yourself?

I first started fly fishing when I was a very young boy on the Credit River but lacked the patience to stick with it. Around the age of 18 I went to school in London Ontario where I eventually hooked up with Ian Colin James. Ian got me back into fly fishing and taught me much of what I know today. Ian is the one who really pushed me to competitive fishing. My passion is on the river, in quiet settings, fishing for resident trout. The Credit and Grand rivers are where I call home. I have had the great and honorable pleasure of learning from Ian James but also from internationally successful competitors such as Jiri Klima, Karel Krivanec and Milan Hladik in the Czech Republic.


2. When did you start doing fly-fishing competitions? Why?

My first comp was I think back in 2009 at the Canadian National Fly Fishing Championships in Mt. Tremblant, Quebec. Ian James and a few other London people put together a great team of guys on the woodlot penguins. Many of the same competitors are still on the original team, but now under the team name of the dredgehogs. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learned more in the week of preparations and competition than I had learned during the year that led up to that event. The culture and steep learning curve that is often associated with large competitions is an experience that I advise anyone who has an interest in competitive fishing to give a shot. National events are like nothing else and the people you meet are spectacular.


3. How do you prepare for a competition? (techniques, fly tying, training, gear, etc.)

I am not really the ideal person to discuss preparation methods for a comp. I am often unorganized and have not prepared as well as I should. That said, it is hugely important to do your research, get as much tying out of the way as possible and be as organized as possible as it relates to understanding the venues, strategy and having all the gear in place. I have been hugely fortunate to have some very organized team members throughout the years — Ian Troup and Dave Forgeron!

With all that said, the main reason I have had some success is simply by fishing. A lot!


4. How was the fishing in this competition?

The fishing in the Sotto Fly Fishing Club comp was great. It was a great example of how comp fishing really works. Just because there are lots of fish everywhere and certain spots that have a disproportionately large number of fish, results can really vary. Truly, the most important thing to remember is that every cast can produce a fish and with that in mind, it is important to fish as much as possible and to the very last second as one never knows what will happen. Persistence is what leads to consistency across sessions. For those that watched some of my sessions, you will have noticed that I try to bring a hooked fish to the net as fast as possible, measure/score the fish, release and get your flies out as fast as possible. You are only fishing when you have your flies in the water and every second counts. The other thing that I found important was identifying the most productive fly and sticking with it. Confidence in a fly and strategy is one of the most important factors in toughing it out through difficult sessions. I identified my fly for the day after the first two fish. After that, I rarely changed flies.


5.A few words about the strategy/flies/rods/lines?

My strategy was simple. I started with a ‘slime’ line (essentially an intermediate sinking line) as it was clear upon arriving that the fish were near the surface. My cast consisted of three flies tossed as far as possible and then retrieving them in using varying retrieve speeds. In the morning it was largely pulling the flies back fast with some twitching. In the afternoon, it was a very slow and controlled retrieve with less twitching. When it completely shut down, particularly at the slower beats, I would cast as close as possible to a rising fish (they were too far to reach), once the flies landed, I would give two or three really hard, fast and long strips so the fish would feel the water pushing on their lateral sensors on their cheeks, notice the fly and approach. After the fast strips, I would slow it right down to a figure of eight crawl and eventually they would take. Flies were relatively simple. I started with a sunburst blob on the top dropper, a small cormorant on the middle dropper and a black leech on the point. After hooking most of all the mornings fish on the sunburst blob, I switched to two of the same blobs on the point and middle dropper and changed out the top dropper between a black cormorant booby / another blob. Most of all the fish were caught on the sunburst blob and nearly all on the slime line. I took a few fish on a full sink Di7 line, but that was only because I broke my leader on the slime line and had the sinking line all rigged up — a decision based on time, not lines.



6. How would you describe the general atmosphere?

I think the atmosphere at the comp was great. Everyone got along and there were a lot of different skill levels, which is great to see. I was very pleased to see so many people out to compete and hope that they all had fun and continue competing.


7. How would you rate the organization part on a scale from 1 to 10?

The organization was somewhere around a 9 out of 10 – just incredible.


8. What suggestions would you have for the same competition in the following years?

For the same comp, next year, Im not sure I would change much of anything.


9. What advice would you give to those who participated for the first time?

For first timers, I would suggest asking guys who are successful around you what they are doing and whats working. Not everyone will share, but most will. I was happy to share what fly was working with anyone who asked. If you dont ask, you wont know! If a passion for competitive fishing has been recently developed, I would strongly suggest attending nationals.



10. Will you come to this event next year?

I am available next year, I will 100% be there.

Thanks again Cosmin and Friends,

Keefer Pitfield


And now some pictures:

The tension before the beginning:







Sector C


Sector A


Sector B



Coffee table preparations


…and everybody looks more happy



Main sponsor




Maps for orientation


we had a small store:


…warming up







…and game on







first fish











brake time




the first big score


gathering the results









Final speech





Frank Zacharias got the biggest fish 65 cm




Keefer Pitfield the winner of the competition


…holding the big prize Sage 99


The second place John Warner


… Corey Cabral the third place


Top 3


Dave Harris the forth one



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Stay tuned more pictures and interviews to come…