A big welcome to Sage Rods as they join the Sponsorship team again this year. Sage will be donating a Circa Rod to this year’s derby.
To anyone who knows, the CIRCA is a perfect addition to your rod collection, allowing you to approach a river with stealthy, short-range accuracy. Its hypnotically smooth slower tempo combined with crisp and precise loading and unloading of each cast results in unmatched accuracy and delicate presentations. Will you be the lucky winner?
Has again graciously donated t-shirts and swag for this years derby! Attendees last year will remember the cool “Got Trout?” shirts they got with their entries. We have a new design coming this year. Who wants to start a collection?
We’re also looking at offering hats and t-shirts for sale at the derby to add to the charity fund raising. In any case there will be plenty of fun to be had and with the available SIXTY spots fast filling up, there is only one question.
Have you registered yet?
The 2016 Derby is fast approaching and with it, more sponsors!
Cooper’s Foods in Merritt has graciously offered to provide food for the Anglers’ Dinner on Sunday. For those of you that attended last year, you’ll remember the feast of salads, smoked Turkey (thanks to Bradley Smokers), vegetarian lasagna, and slow roasted whole pork (thanks to Pacific Northwest Garden Supply). This year will be bigger and better than last year! Thank You Paul from Cooper’s foods!
Purity Feeds of Merritt is also making a prize donation! What is it? You’ll have to attend to find out!
Work N’ Play of Merritt is also donating. Will it be a raffle item, prize donation or auction item? Only the lucky attendees will know!
Don’t worry if you’re not a fisherman (person?), everyone is welcome to attend. We will be having a by-donation pancake breakfast on Sunday morning and the cost for attending the Anglers’ Dinner for non-participants is $20 per person and entitles you to our raffle and live auction. All proceeds go to our two fantastic charities, The Canadian Diabetes Association and the Steelhead Society of BC.
Looking forward to keeping you updated on new sponsors and news as they unfold as we count down to Derby Day!
Stay tuned! Tight Lines!
Here are the 2015 derby eligible lakes and their locations in relation to Whispering Pines Ranch.
click here >>>> Derby Lakes Map <<<< for the pdf file for easier viewing.
The angler’s dinner is being held at the Lonestar Saloon at the 7 Half Diamond Ranch. The derby runs from 8-5 and dinner will be served at seven. Shuttles to and from Whispering Pines will be provided for the safety of our guests.
Looking to get to the derby and aren’t sure? Hopefully this helps!
The largest fish caught on each lake will receive a $25 gift certificate to Wholesale Sports.
Prizes for the largest fish caught for all five derby eligible lakes will be awarded to 8th place.
- 1st Prize – 6 Weight Sage Package – 697-4 Accel Rod, 4200 Series Reel, and WF6F Rio Perception Line
- 2nd Prize – Bradley Stainless 4 Burner Grill
- 3rd Prize – Bradley 4 rack Digital Smoker and Bisquettes
- 4th Prize – Wooden Fly Box filled with hand tied flies donated by Max Cohen
- 5th Prize – $250 Gift Certificate to Troutwaters Fly and Tackle
- 6th Prize – Clear fly case with 100 flies donated by Fred’s Tackle
- 7th Prize – Double sided water tight fly case and 30 flies donated by Black’s Flies
- 8th Prize – Double sided water tight fly case and 30 flies donated by Black’s Flies
The boys have been hard at work getting the ranch ready for the Derby next month. Lots of fencing repairs, construction on the outhouses, digging trenches, and hooking up power to the trailers. There is still tons to be done but everything is happening on schedule.
But of course they have also been checking out the fishing on the derby eligible lakes. You know, just to be sure. So they can give out accurate information. These pictures were taken at Kump Lake in the last few days. The weather has been beautiful and the fish are biting!
We can’t wait for derby day and to share our our amazing valley with all of you. Make sure you visit our website and register for the derby. While you can certainly show up and register the day of the derby we would like to have an idea of how many many be coming so we can plan the food for the Angler’s Dinner. You don’t have to be entered in the derby to attend. Everyone is welcome!
Want to join our sponsorship team? The forms are on site now! Click Here to download a PDF form.