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Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:20 pm 
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June 20-23, 2018 – ORCA Annual Convention & Show

Reelin’ on the River- Clarion Inn, Harpers Ferry, WV




**** Please note the hotel phone number is 304-535-6302


Reelin’ on the River!
The 2018 ORCA National Convention will be held at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia and run from Wednesday evening, June 20, through Saturday afternoon, June 23. All events, except for the fishing tournament, will be held at the host hotel, the Clarion Inn, Harpers Ferry. We have a block of rooms reserved in the main building of the hotel, in which the show and social gatherings will also be held. The reduced ORCA rate for rooms is $110/night. The Clarion’s phone number is (304) 535-6313. Mention you are a member of ORCA to receive the reduced rate.

The fishing tournament will be held on the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, that come to a confluence in Harpers Ferry. The Potomac has a world-renowned smallmouth fishery and offers the rare combination of very fast action and big fish. It also offers excellent fishing for walleye, musky, and catfish.

Besides being an accommodating and affordable venue for the show, Harpers Ferry has lots to see and do for family members and friends. The scenery is beautiful, with mountains that inspired the John Denver song “Take Me Home Country Roads”. The area is a Mecca for outdoor sports: whitewater rafting and kayaking, mountain biking, hiking trails, and zip lining are all within walking distance of the Clarion. The hotel is also next to a portion of a National Park Historic Site (Harpers Ferry, of John Brown fame) and less than two miles from “old town” Harpers Ferry. Washington, D.C., with its plethora of free museums and sites, is an hour away.

We also have a couple of new events shaping up for the 2018 convention including a reel restoration clinic and a “Reel Trading Saloon” night. More about those to come!

To contact David: davidlehmann0307@gmail.com


Click HERE for to find the registration form and updates


Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:52 am 
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Will you have to purchase a Virginia Fishing Permit to fish the tournament and or do they have senior citizen permits for less money and do out of state participants have any options for three day use permits maybe?
Thanks


Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:34 am 
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West by god Virginia fishing licenses are honored on the Virginia side and Maryland sides of the Potomac and Shenandoah River. WVA non-residence license is $13 plus $3 per day you want to fish. For online purchase, go to https://www.wvfish.com.

If you are already a resident of VA or MD, then you may want to go that route. As long as you stay off the tributaries, there are reciprocal honoring of the 3 states in the confluence.


Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:22 am 
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kyreels wrote:West by god Virginia fishing licenses are honored on the Virginia side and Maryland sides of the Potomac and Shenandoah River. WVA non-residence license is $13 plus $3 per day you want to fish. For online purchase, go to https://www.wvfish.com.

If you are already a resident of VA or MD, then you may want to go that route. As long as you stay off the tributaries, there are reciprocal honoring of the 3 states in the confluence.


Thank you Sir for your very helpful answer.

I wish the states would get together and put out a U.S. Fishing /Hunting license for say 65 plus year old patrons .
They have similar Lifetime Passes for some State and Federal Parks of course they just trippled or more in price recently but still reasonable for ones that travel and of course the Disabled Military get well deserved Free or discounted rates.


Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:01 pm 
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How does the casting competition work? Are there divisions? Different gear classes? Or is is just whoever chucks the farthest wins?


Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:23 pm 
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It is closest to the target with the given type of equipment. Details for the 2018 contest are still to be determined but in general it will go like this: http://reeltalk.orcaonline.org/viewtopic.php?t=16949. In Branson ORCA organizers added a fly casting round. It is all for fun. Good luck!


Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:39 pm 
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I was asked a year ago to formalize the rules for the ORCA fishing and casting contests. I submitted the following to the Board. I was told they adopted them. Beyond that, I cannot speak to any changes that have been considered or made. A decision was made later to add fly casting as a category. It does not take too much imagination to figure out what the equipment restrictions would be for that contest--leave the graphite at home --LOL

Casting and fishing tournaments at the ORCA National Meet

Fishing Tournament
After speaking with a dozen or more ORCA Members there is almost complete consensus on the rules for the ORCA Fishing Tournament. Given that the tournament takes place in such diverse venues,(Saltwater--trout stream--shallow lake--large reservoir) it is near impossible to write a set of hard rules that would fit all situations. Everyone agreed on two rules.
1, The show host will decide each year what is appropriate as tackle in the fishing tournament.
2. The host is encouraged to restrict it to tackle that is at least 50 years old.

Casting Tournament

After reviewing the rules as they now stand and asking for written opinions from a half dozen perennial participants. It appears that the only thing that should be changed is to make the rules shorter and simpler with a few minor changes that speed things up a bit. Everyone said that one of the best parts of the tournament is the camaraderie and the chance to see and even try out each other’s antique casting outfits With that in mind here goes:

Events:

Non-level wind bait casting Rods must be wood,bamboo or steel and no longer than 6.5 ft in length. Reels must have been introduced before WW II and be non-level winding. Line must be braided. Casting plugs must weigh ⅝ oz or less.

Level winding bait casting Rods must be wood,bamboo or steel and no longer than 6.5 ft in length. Reels must have been introduced before WW II and be level winding. Line must be braided. Casting plugs must weigh ⅝ oz or less.

Spinning Rods must be bamboo, steel or fiberglass and no longer than seven feet. Reels can be open or closed face spinning feels introduced more than 50 years ago. Line must be monofilament and plugs must weigh ¼ oz

Rules for all events
1. Participants must be ORCA members
2. All three events must be entered to compete for the all-around championship.
3. Three target rings will be placed as close as the facilities allow to 40ft, 60ft and 80ft from the designated casting box
4. The Score Keeper is in charge of the event and will call each registered participant in order for each event. The caster will step into the marked box and inform the Score Keeper if he intends to take his one optional practice cast at each target before actual scoring begins.
5. Should the caster step out of the casting box before the cast is completed, his score for that cast will be zero.
6. Each caster will take two cast at each target. For a total of 6 casts. The cast may not be retrieved nor the plug moved until the score for that cast has been announced.
Scoring the events
A perfect score of 10 is given when the plug falls within the target circle with one point deducted for each foot an or portion of a foot the cast falls outside the circle. Lines broken during a cast are scored where the plug falls.
The winner of each event will be the contestant with the highest score out of a possible 60.
Tie scores will be settled by a sudden death cast off consisting of three scored casts by each contestant at the 60ft target.
The ORCA casting champion will be determined by the highest score totaled from the three events. Ties will be settled by a sudden death cast off with each contestant making one cast at the 6o ft target with each of the three categories of tackle.
Duties
Score Keeper
The Score Keeper runs the event, his word is final. He rules on any disputes concerning eligibility of tackle. He determines the order of casters and records their scores as reported by the judges and calculates the final scores.
Judges
The judges (minimum of two) position themselves to determine the distance the plug falls from the target and after conferring announce the score to the Score Keeper after each cast.
Prizes
The ORCA Casting Champion will have his/her name entered onto the ORCA Casting Champion Plaque.
The Champion's name as well as the names of the winners in each of the three categories will be printed in the Reel News.


Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:16 pm 
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These are great guidelines, and I appreciate all the work that went into them. But I do suggest a change.

I agree with the guideline for restricting tackle to 50 years old. That means prior to 1968. As I have discussed with Bill, I would like to see the host agree to allow post-WWII rods and reels made prior to 1960 to be used. This opens up the tournament to younger persons. And it allows fiberglass rods to be used, which are used by tournament casters today. For the non-level line events, perhaps the pre-WWII can be preserved, but for all other events, lets loosen it.

While I appreciate all the pre-WWII tackle, many of our members and prospective members value tackle that we grew up with. It is the "Old Reel" collectors association, not the "Old Reel Collectors" association, and old reels can be 50 years old.


Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:21 pm 
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Whether it comes to casting equipment or collecting the problem with young guys (like Matt) they think 50 years was a long time ago---LOL
PS 50 years ago I was not looking for anything but cover. 1st Infantry Division Vietnam--seems like just last year.


Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:04 pm 
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Bill Sonnett wrote:Whether it comes to casting equipment or collecting the problem with young guys (like Matt) they think 50 years was a long time ago---LOL
PS 50 years ago I was not looking for anything but cover. 1st Infantry Division Vietnam--seems like just last year.

Ha! 50 years ago I was graduating High School. Some parts seem like yesterday, the mind, and other parts, the body, seem like two centuries ago. :D


Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:17 am 
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A few scenes from the 2017 ORCA Annual Convention casting contest held last summer in Branson, MO.


Contestants and spectators watch the action sheltered from the heat of the blazing sun in the shade of the patio walkway. [The pine trees (downwind) on the right became my hazard in the fly casting round.]


Robin gets great action from an open faced spinning outfit.


The casting distance is much further than you might expect... and you have to get in or very close to the target on every cast if you want to have a top 3 finish.



Come and try your hand at the 2018 convention in Branson. It's a lot of fun! Winners get well-deserved recognition at the banquet and in the Reel News.


Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:38 pm 
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I just booked two rooms for Harper's Ferry. I can't wait.

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