Author: Roman Heimlich
From September 6 -12 of 2010, the 16th European Fly Fishing Championship took place near Banja Luka in Bosnia. There were 17 teams and 5 individuals registered. Four rivers were chosen for the competition - Sana, Sanica, Vrbas, Janj and Plivské Lake.
The Czech team consisting of Tomáš Starýchfojtů (captain), Martin Grün (manager) and competitors Jája Šram, Ivan Vančura, Luboš Roza, Filip Apjár and Roman Heimlich set off on Tuesday, 31. August with a several day head start so as to have enough time to get familiar with the local rivers and fish, and to try out the best tactics and lures.
by Milan Čubík
When we obtained two gold medals last year on the World Championship at home – in Chotěboř (Czech team and Jindra Kalivoda), I was sure that next championship in Slovakia (2010) would be much more difficult. Possible defending of either of these two gold medals I therefore considered as big success. That is why we started preparations for the next championship already at the end of school holidays 2009. We made a dash for practice to Slovak rivers where the competition should be present with the group of potential junior representatives. We left out just Poprad river as it was not possible because of time. But training on the Belá and Váh rivers was very beneficial. Even the flows of both rivers were little changed after this year floods, during the Championship itself we could utilize a lot of knowledge from last year practice. In March we had a ground preparation yet, where we mainly tied, adjusted leaders and also learned something from the theory.
WHEN we hear that the 30th FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Champs will be held on the mighty River San in Poland, we can’t wait to tackle this world famous river.
In reality, due to some of the worst storms and floods in Poland's history, the event becomes more of a battle against the elements rather than the fish themselves.
Hardy Greys Team England are Manager Ian Greenwood, Howard Croston, John Tyzack, Simon Robinson, Davie Parker and myself.
A total of 28 teams compete, making it the biggest World Championship ever.