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.

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Team Results after Session 5 (PDF, 88 kB)

(by Jiří Pejchar)

On Friday 26 April in the afternoon, the FIPS-Mouche Congress took place in Lisbon. I was there as the delegate for the Czech Republic and my task was to defend opinions of my country to the proposed changes of the competition rules. The General Assembly was as follows:


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Author: Karel Křivanec

General Assembly of the International Fly-Fishing federation FIPS-Mou, which will influence competitive fly fishing in future years, will take place on Friday 26 April 2013 from 3 pm in SANA Lisboa Hotel (Portugal). Changes in Statutes and Rules will be decided, besides the fact that this Congress in the election Congress. Regarding the Statutes, where Presidential Board proposes several changes, the most important one regards the Article 8.5, whose wording currently is:

8.5. The General Assembly shall be valid when at least half of the delegates who have the right to vote are present. Once the quorum number has been established, it will be the basis for all motions of the General Assembly.

And the new wording should be as follows:

The General Assembly shall be deemed to have reached the necessary quorum in first call when at least one-half of the delegates with voting rights are present or represented. In second call, which shall begin at least half an hour after the first call, decisions shall be valid irrespective of the number of people attending the General Assembly. Once the above requirement is fulfilled, it shall be deemed as acquired throughout the General Assembly.

I understand that Presidential Board needs to approve accounts of the previous year and for this case such a wording should apply, but article 17 of the Statutes should apply for changes in Statutes and Competition Rules and this is as follows: