by Karel Křivanec

Upper AmmaranBetween 12–18 August already the 20th European Fly Fishing Championship in Central Sweden in the surrounding of Östersund took place. Sixty-seven competitors from 12 countries took part in it. This year´s participation was not too strong, because Norway and Sweden had not only men teams, but also women teams and from Romania only two individuals took part. From traditional teams, this time competitors from France, Belgium, Slovakia and Wales were missing.

Source: Trout Fisherman , Issue 461 (2014)

England's successful World Team. From left: Andrew Scott, John Horsey, Howard Croston, Paul Page (manager), John Tyzack, Phil Dixon and Mike Dixon.

John Horsey reveals his and Team England's tactics on the beautiful rivers and lakes of the Czech Republic

THE 34th FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships were held in Frymburk, Czech Republic, with three river sessions and two lake sessions — one from the boat and the other from the bank.

The England Team consisted of Howard Croston, Phil Dixon, Andrew Scott, John Tyzack and myself, with reserve Mike Dixon and manager Paul Page. Paul also booked us a top local guide in Vit Misar, whose knowledge of the area was astounding.

We were to practice for eight full days, staying right next to the Vlatava River in the village of Rozmberk. This was official practice water.

1. Czech Republic 17 8 12 79
2. France 12 14 10 74
3. Italy 11 10 5 58
4. England 11 3 9 48
5. Poland 5 11 3 40
6. Belgium 0 8 8 24
7. Spain 3 3 4 19
8. Australia 2 1 4 12
9. Wales 1 3 1 10
10. Slovakia 2 0 2 8
11. New Zealand 1 1 3 8
12. Netherlands 2 0 1 7
13. Finland 0 2 2 6
14. Luxembourg 0 1 1 3
14. Scotland 0 1 1 3
16. South Africa 0 1 0 2
16. Canada 0 1 0 2
18. USA 0 0 1 1

Author: Karel Křivanec

View-of-boat-competitionThe 34th World Fly Fishing Championship took place in South Bohemia between 27th May and 1st June. While 19 teams took part at the previous championship in 1996, this year there were 26 teams and 8 individuals from 4 other countries. The home team was quite a clear favourite of this championship and another medal was expected from the individual competition. The World Championship was done on the basis of the 2011 European Championship, and all fish species were eligible (from the size of 180 mm).

Author: John Horsey (Trout Fisherman 45, November/Dezember 2013)

JohnHorseyJohn Horsey says governing body Fips-Mouche must do better

To represent your country at the highest possible level is the greatest honour for any sportsman. So when you finally reach your goal, you should be entitled to expect a venue and associated fishing that lives up to this ultimate dream scenario.

I am very privileged to have fished for England is times at World level and have won team gold, team bronze twice and also an individual bronze. I'm also the longest serving international competitor at World level, having won my first cap way back in 1989. So I feel I'm pretty well qualified to report on how the World Championships and the competitors fared in Norway this August.

Karel Křivanec and Martin Musil

We are quite sure that our attempt to the analysis of the impact of beats on final positions of competitors at the recent European Championship in Slovakia is limited by many factors which we cannot reflect in this analysis. It is also a question what kind of quality competitors meet at the particular beat or what the weather and changes of water level during the three days of competitions were.

For this analysis, we have used only the data regarding the total place of the competitor at his beat and these results are in tables from individual venues. The first number is the competitor´s placing and the second number is the number of fish caught. With respect to the fact that also one Bulgarian competitor took part in the competition, other beats had to be occupied by domestic anglers who were not counted among the official results, but the Slovak organizers published also their unofficial results which were used for this analysis. Some results of these individuals are hard to explain and with respect to the fact that they were often significantly better than the results of domestic competitors, it´s up to readers to make their own judgement why it was so.

By Karel Křivanec

I am not likely to remind to anybody that this year´s European Championship in Fly Fishing in Slovakia took place in the mid September on very similar venues to the World Championship in 2004. The only bigger change was the exchange of the Orava river for the Poprad river, but from the point of view of fishing this change was not significant. Even if almost 10 years have gone since the World Championship, the organizers did not try to include at least one still water venue, which is such a common standard nowadays. Otherwise, it is necessary to say that all venues were very well stocked, because altogether 7,908 fish were caught.

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by Karel Krivanec

Czech team 2013Between 11 and 17 August 2013, The 33rd World Fly Fishing Championship was organized near the town of Mosjoen, Norway. This time 125 competitors from 27 countries took part in the championship and 25 teams were classified in the team competition. Very low number of fish caught was a typical feature of this championship. It was expected and leading teams were mentally well prepared for this fact, because often happened that only one fish was caught during three competition hours. Altogether 669 pieces of fish were caught and this means 5.32 fish per 15 hours of fishing per competitor and this means a bit more than 1 fish per a three-hour session.