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Issue #66 May 2018

Wishin’ I was Fishin’...

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Ryan Flaro: A Passion for Fishing By Molly Kett


hen 39-year-old local real estate developer Ryan Flaro isn’t working, you can probably find him fishing, especially with the warmer weather. Flaro has a strong passion for fishing and the outdoors. Flaro says he enjoys “watching the sun rise on beautiful Lake St Francis and the ability to work with great partners and sponsors such as Ranger Boats, Garmin electronics, and Aqua-view cameras, which enable me to target fish with most leading edge technology, by using these resources to make anyone’s dream of catching fish become a reality.” Flaro has been fishing for most of his life, but remembers his very first fishing

memory, which was a 1982 Budweiser walleye championship at Lancaster Inn Marina. “I remember joining the tourney with my father and competing against the greatest anglers in the region, like the legendary Laframboise families and Andre families who were legends to the local fishing area on the local river here, and there were literally hundreds of people watching the weigh in,” says Flaro. “The honourable Ed Lumley and Mike Masterman of Budweiser at the time called me up on stage to announce I had won the youngest angler award. I never forget how nervous I was and looking down at the crowd and seeing competitors like TV host Bob Izumi at a young age was really memorable.”

Ryan Flaro with the catch of the day 

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From here, Flaro continued to compete and win various competitions. His favourite memory, Flaro says, was no question — winning the Canadian Open Berkley B1 championship in 2016. “Not everyday you can say you won $100,000 in fishing tournaments in one season, however winning this tournament after my second attempt at a major bass tourney, and winning the highest recognized leading Major Tournament here in Canada is something I will never forget,” says Flaro. “From the national anthem each morning with all the best anglers in Canada and northern USA, to the winning drive by weigh on stage with thousands of spectators in attendance it’s something I will never forget!” When it comes to his favourite place Ryan Flaro after one of many to fish, it’s right here at home. Flaro tournament wins Photo Submitted loves catching walleye on Lake St. from your mistakes and adapt to what Francis. you learn is my motto. Catching fish is “Being on the professional tournament only a bonus but I can attest, spending trail, I’ve had great opportunity’s to visit many lakes and cities, like any day on the water, letting your Magog, Quebec which is so beautiful mind relax and worries on the shore, or Kingston’s Lake Ontario, home of there’s no better medicine. I’m a firm the 1000 Islands open, however nothing believer in taking your kids fishing, matches the sun rising or setting on lake because catching a fish is only a perk St. Francis and watching our beautiful but spending time on the water are the surroundings that we’re so fortunate to best dividends with friends and family!” Flaro’s next “bucket-list” fishing trip have with great fishing resources on our doorstep in our region. It’s simply a is to head back to Lake Okeechobee Florida to fish a major FLW (Fishing hidden gem,” says Flaro. When asked how Flaro would get League Worldwide) event out of someone to give fishing a try, he says he legendary Marina of a Rolland Martin. “This is a must for all serious anglers to gets this question a lot. “You need to trust your electronics experience,” says Flaro. “However, this and have patience. People tend to think summer I will be fishing the Canadian because you’re a professional angler 1000 Islands open with my wife, who that you always catch fish,” says Flaro. is the only female participant out of a “I can attest that I’ve had many days of capped 100 boat field of professional not catching fish in my career; however anglers, so I’m getting the itch to start I look at it as a learning curve. Learn the season.”

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