When Peter Cameron Morrison passed away the fishing industry lost a great friend and advocate. Peter was the kind of guy that always made you feel like family. Calling Leader Sales was not just about looking for a specific product, it was hearing that cheery “Good Day” on the other end and catching up on the latest news or where the best fishing was to be had. Talking to fishermen, promoting the sport of fly fishing, educating youth, travelling around to the various trade shows and sharing his wealth of knowledge was among Peter’s favorite things. To date we have raised $11,905.61 for various charities to continue to promote the sport Peter was so passionate about.
The third annual PCM Memorial Fly Fishing Derby promises to be twice the fun! It is to be held May 19 and 20, 2018. That’s right, a two day, multi-lake derby. May long weekend looks to be full of fish! Once again we are being hosted by Whispering Pines Ranch halfway between Merritt and Princeton on on the 5A South Hwy. With a wide variety of nearby lakes to choose from and five different species of trout to be caught as well as lots of room for camping we are hoping to make this a family friendly event to celebrate the life of our friend Peter Morrison.
All proceeds from this event are to be donated to charity. This year we will once again be supporting the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and this year’s fishing recipient is the Steelhead Society of BC.
Last year’s derby netted $6,462.05 that was split between the Steelhead Society of BC and the Canadian Diabetes Association!
The money donated to the CDA went towards sending children to a special camp that teaches them how to manage their diabetes so they can live normal lives and grow up to be healthy adults.
Friday May 18th camping will open at Whispering Pines Ranch for those who have booked/entered in advance. If there are still spots available it will be first come, first served for the remaining spots.
Friday night – Sign in opens at 5:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday morning sign in for any late coming Derby entrants will begin at 6:00am. All Derby participants will receive a participant package as well as a ticket to the Angler’s Dinner.
Derby rules are still being finalized but for right now the derby will run from 8am-5pm on Saturday, May 19 and 8am-5pm on Sunday May 20. Fish retention is up to the regulations on the lake and the individual angler.
Prizes are TBA.
Sunday morning at 7:00-9:00 am will be a by-donation pancake breakfast. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The Angler’s Dinner will be held on Sunday evening at Seven Half Diamond Ranch Saloon. Dinner will be served at 7. Prizes and an auction will be awarded there.
The lakes eligible for the Derby are:
Campers are welcome to stay at Whispering Pines until Monday, May 21st.