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written by Ivan Vančura

01This year’s European Fly Fishing Championship was held in Portugal between 14. 5 – 21 .5. 2017.

The Czech team consisted of Lukáš Starýchfojtů (Lukyn), Tomáš Adam (Ogar), Lukáš Jahn, Miloslav Hosenseidl (Milda) and me - Ivan Vančura. With respect to winter turbulences in our National Fly Fishing Committee, when both the Manager, Martin, and the Coach of the National team, Tomáš, resigned, we went to this Championship without these two important officials and I was forced to take over their responsibility. The flew to Portugal without any bigger problems. The only obstacle was the pick-up of booked and paid cars in Porto. This cost us almost 3 hours of time and nerves.

by Karel Křivanec

grayling european championship in poland 2016 01Between 3rd and 8th October, the 22nd European Fly Fishing Championship was held in the surroundings of the town of Slupsk in the North of Poland. Sixteen teams including three women teams took part. With respect to this year’s World Championship in the USA, traditional teams from Italy, Slovakia and Luxembourg were missing and also the Czech Republic sent only 5 competitors without the coach and a Team Manager for financial reasons. These competitors were Lukáš Jahn, Miloslav Hosenseidl, David Chlumský, Vojtěch Ungr and Miloslav Šenkýř. I was there with my shop, because I was invited by Polish friends and I could watch this championship a little from the background.

The centre of the Championship was the Lupawa (Slupia) river, were four sufficiently long sectors were marked. A speciality of this Championship was the fact that only grayling was regarded as eligible species on the beautiful river, but there were enough brown trout, and rainbow trout and practically all other fish species were eligible (minimal size 15 cm) in the competition which took place on a local lake in the city park, excluding pike, which influenced the final competition results from the Czech point of view.

By Luboš Roza

01After about a 14-hour long flight, we landed in Denver where we rented a car and travelled to Vail, a skiing resort located about 2,500 m above sea level, where our fried Kristen and her husband Tom were waiting for us. They have a holiday house here and they provided us asylum for the two weeks of our preparation.

The sun and a great view surprised us on the morning and this in fact remained for the entire length of our stay. There was almost no rain, except only one day and one night and this was very little. We firstly met water on the Eagle River. A medium-size river could be compared to the Otava River in our country. We took our things, put on goratex waders by Agama and I could see only the backs of the other guys. Thus, I am going down the parking place and I choose slow water, where I can try cling and ding fishing. I see first few raises and then it starts getting tough as the fish are going to eat me. Before I get ready, they are eating a lot on the surface. Sobering up came after a few casts. Fish are eating everything and everywhere, but they are not interested only in the place, where my fly is. I start using the best of the best flies with the idea that I must get to know what they are eating and then I will show them. I catch a few smaller fish, but compared to what kind of party there is I am quite bored. I apologize it by saying – they are white fish really difficult to be caught with a dry fly. Unfortunately, later I had to confess to myself that this was a lame excuse. But this was later.

by Jiří Pejchar

czech teamThis year´ s Youth Championship took place in the province of Galicia, Spain from 8 to 14 August. Therefore, it was expected that this Championship will be in the spirit of a dry fly, which the Spanish are very strong in. According to the instructions, these competitions should have been done in 4 rivers and on one lake with boat fishing. We focused our preparation on dry fly fishing with a long leader. All experienced competitors: Tomáš Langer, František Adam, Petr Červenka, Libor Marienka and the youngest Michal Melnar qualified into the team. A week before the Championship, the organizers cancelled the lake competition from boats and substituted it with the second sector on the Xallas River.

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USA Vail 11-18 Sept. POLAND Slupsk 3-9 Oct. SPAIN Galicia 8-14 Aug. IRELAND Galway 13-19 Jun. 2016
SLOVAKIA Liptov Aug. PORTUGAL Arco Valdez May SLOVENIA Ljubno 7-13 Aug PORTUGAL Sera da Estrella Sept. 2017
WALES sept or oct CZECH REP. S. Bohemia May POLAND Lesko Aug SPAIN Asturias Sept 2018
AUSTRALIA Tasmania Nov. NORWAY ROROS Aug CZECH REP. Moravia end July SOUTH AFRICA Games Feb 2019
FINLAND Kuusamo Mid Aug.       2020
ITALY Trentino End Sept.       2021

by Roman Heimlich

winning czech comeback under the dolomites 01Between 21 and 27 September 2015, the 21st European Fly Fishing Championship was held in the area of Trentino–Alto Adige, just under the peaks of the Dolomites, Italy. Our team formed by Tomáš Adam, Martin Drož, Lukáš Jahn, František Kouba, Roman Heimlich, a coach Tomáš Starýchfojtů and a manager Martin Musil. We set out already on 12 September to have enough time for proper training. For the Championship, the organizers chose four river sectors on the Sarca River– where individual sections were very different from one another due to the character of the river bed and water quality. The fifth sector, where the competition was held, was on a crystal clear, but not very deep mountain lake called Nembia. The lake was intended for the bank competition.

by Karel Křivanec

Senior World Championship in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been over for two months, but I would add a few remarks to this event. Just at the beginning, I have to say that this was historically the worst Czech result at the World Championship with prevailing river venues. Once we had to be unlucky after a series of ten great results in a line.

Therefore I asked dipl. Ing Pavel Chyba to process the outline of the entire Championship (Table No. 1) in detail and make a theoretical assessment of individual beats based on results of competitors. Martin Musil has already described this event from the point of view of the Team Manager, but it seems to me that it will be necessary to speak a bit more about the public secret and that work of some controllers did not meet the rules. Results of some competitors were too surprising and did not correspond to what was expected from the particular beat.

By Martin Musil

Czech team 2015The very same team which won the World Champion trophy last year both in teams and individuals (Luboš Roza) was nominated for this year´s senior World Fly Fishing Championship in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The team was very experienced including the young predators - Luboš Roza, Pavel Chyba, David Chlumský, Antonin Pešek and Tomáš Cieslar. The Team Coach was Tomáš Starýchfojtů and I was the Team Manager. With respect to very successful previous years, when the Czech team was dominant at the home World Championship in Frymburk and last year completed the hattrick, therefore also this year´s expectations were high.

by Karel Křivanec

In the middle of April 2015, FIPS-Mouche General Assembly was held in Cancun, Mexico and we expected its results impatiently. It took a long time before we received the minutes, but now we have got them at disposal and all seems to be clear. We can assume why also the ex-president J. Kowalski was present in the Board (he submitted a proposal to update the draw program), however, the trip to Mexico he probably did not pay from his own pocket. There were three applicants for a vacant position of the General Secretary and an expected winner was Paul Bourqe from the US. His presence in the Board must be welcomed, because his minutes are of a high quality compared to nothing-to-say minutes from the past. Hopefully, he will be brave enough and will find courage to publish also a “secret” financial report, which is traditionally mentioned in the only line.