Here are the details from last year's hunt:
Roy Warriner Keeps Crown as World Champion Black Fly Hunter
June 4, 2005 South River, ON
The Black Fly Hunt in South River is over and the results show Roy Warriner from Trout Creek, Ontario repeats as 2005 World Black Fly Hunting Champion. Roy collared an impressive 3213 black flies during the 4 week spring Black Fly Hunt in the Almaguin Highlands.
Roy caught his black flies in a net while doing yard work over the past few weeks. His total was almost 500 more than the 2735 he caught to first win the crown in 2004.
Roy echoed the comments of the majority of hunters in this year’s hunt, finding it more difficult than last year to catch black flies.
Chris Hundley mayor of South River (near the northwest corner of Algonquin Park) declared, “It’s quite a bit safer to be outdoors in South River and the Almaguin Highlands this summer,” as he thanked all hunters for their efforts and invited Canadians to discover their Canadian nature this summer.
This year seventeen enthusiastic hunters captured 10, 607 black flies in what has become the unofficial opening of tourism season in Canada.
Doug Currie, curator of entomology at the Royal Ontario Museum was a guest speaker at the weekend’s festivities celebrating a biting insect he is internationally renowned for studying. “Black flies get a bad rap, but their presence indicates clean, clear water and they contribute significantly to a healthy ecosystem.” The fact that there are enough to hunt bodes well for the health of nature-based tourism economies of Canada’s northern communities.
Top 5 Black Fly Hunters for 2005:
Roy Warriner, Trout Creek, ON: 3213
Peter & Elizabeth White, Laurier Tnsp, ON: 2228
Mike Huffman, South River, ON: 2195
Sandy Zimmerman, Pickerel Lake, ON: 1600
Rusty Perkins, Restoule, ON: 749
Jim here: sounds like rollicking good fun, I say we enter a team next year!