Author: Karel Krivanec

At the end of August and the start of September the Slovak Fishing Union organised the 24th World Fly Fishing Championships. The organisers attracted a record number of 23 teams , involving the unpresidented number of 240 participants. It was held in the beautiful Tatras area. All were accommodated in the mountain Hotel Permon in Podbanska. The centre of the Championships was however Liptovsky Mikulas, where the opening and closing ceremonies were held.

Author: Tomas Starychfojtu

Black Dunajec River The 1999 Flyfishing World Championships took place in Poland on the Dunajec River, in the Tatra Mountains. I was not a total beginner in the Czech Republic Team, because I had received my baptism a year earlier in the U.S.A. on the Snake River, where I won the individual bronze medal. So in the Polish village of Zakopane, I was considered to be one of the favourites.

I was drawn in a very hard group E, where there were 19 of us. My biggest competitors were Artur Raclawski from Poland and Jozef Trnka from Slovakia. Both of them were fishing on what were almost home waters, and they have known the Dunajec River for a long time. We spent one week before the Championships on this river and tried to find out as much as we could about the types of fish and what they would take in the way of flies. The Polish organizers wanted to boost themselves and the River. They stocked the water very heavily with good Rainbow trout and Brown trout, but this heavy stocking surpressed the local populations of wild fish, mainly Grayling.

Author: Karel Krivanec

Sweden 2001

As the biggest mistake I would see that the organizers were allowed to shorten stretches for 120 metres, and somewhere even less. The big river was probably 200 metres wide, but the active stretches were in a very narrow line along the banks and mostly it was not possible to wade far, and even the stretches on small river were short. In this case rotation should have taken place after a half of period, because in other the competition lost its sense. At my first sight of both lakes, where the competition took place, was clear that these lakes were not chosen well. Number of rising fish was very low, or there was almost no rising fish, which sharply contrasted with the lakes selected for practice, there were fish enough. Such competition, where one catches only few fish, does not make any sense. The Presidential Board should realize it during the inspections before championships, and the old mistakes should not be repeated while approving the venues. On the other hand there was only one organizational mistake at the opening ceremony there was missing the French team at the front of parade, as the Rules order for the last champions. Possibility of cheaper accommodation was very positive. The guides were not on the required level.

Author: Karel Krivanec

Upper Gallego river Between 11-18 June Spain organized XXIII. World Flyfishing Championship. The centre of the championship was a little town of Jaca with almost 10,000 inhabitants, located in the region of Huesca at the foot of the Pyrenees. The five-rounded event was divided between four rivers (Aragon, Aragon Subordan, Gallego and Veral) and on the reservoir of Escarra. Majority of teams arrived one week prior to the championship and tried to find the right tactics and flies for the event.

It was not easy at all, because the stretch on the Gallego river was situated quite high above the competitive one and did not correspond with the competitive one at all. Moreover, this was very short and soon there was nothing to fish for. Also the practice glacier lake in Baňos de Panticos was totally different from the mountain reservoir of Escarra, and moreover, there were many newly stocked brown trout, while in the Escarra reservoir there were only wild brown trout.

Author: Iain Barr (Source: Trout Fisherman 12/2009, pp. 32-33)


THIS is the session I'm looking forward to most. I've never cast a fly into Menteith before so this is going to be a tough test.

On a high from my previous session and knowing Davie Parker took first place the session before me on this venue, I'm quietly confident I'll catch. England had mixed fortunes on this water, Howard Croston fished magnificently to match Davie Parker's position with a first place in the first session of the competition but others didn't fare so well.

Author: Iain Barr (Source: Trout Fisherman 11/2009, pp. 33-34)

Part 4: "I JUST HAD TO AVOID THE BLANK" World Champion lain Barr needed just oné smáli brownie from Loch Awe...when the pressure was on.

THE fourth session took me to arguably the hardest of the five venues. Loch Awe is some 25 miles long and is a very daunting but extremely beautiful place to fish. We had just one weekenďs practise where I caught only five fish in two days' fishing. However, this practise wastopayhuge dividends during my world championship session.

Author: Iain Barr (Source: Trout Fisherman 10/2009, pp. 21-23)

PART 3: "TREAT THE RIVER LIKE A CHESSBOARD": That's how Iain Barr took five River Tay browns on his way to becoming World Champion 2009

DESPITE being an experienced stillwater angler, I'm confident I can turn my skills to the river when required. In my 12 years of competing at international level I've fished alongside the world's best river anglers. I've learnt a lot in these years having taken second and ninth individual in the last two European Championships dominated by rivers. Incidentally, I actually qualified for England's river team before the loch-style team, back in 1997!

Author: Iain Barr (Source: Trout Fisherman 9/2009, pp. 21-23)


THE second session saw me heading for Carron Valley where it was unexpectedly won with just six fish in the first morning session. I'm thinking this will be the session where I'll need over 20 fish to win. On the short bus journey to the venue from Loch Leven, John Horsey confirms some detail about Carron. He'd caught just two fish, which means this was going to be tough.

Author: Iain Barr (Source: Trout Fisherman 6/2009, pp. 19-21)


LEVEN hosted one of the five sessions and has been kind to me as I won the Brown Bowl here in the Home International in 2003.

I base my approach on the information gathered in last year's practice and my general wild brown trout experience.

Source: Iain Barr (Trout Fisherman 11-12/2007, pp. 48-53)

tactics_2007_001_img_01_t Iain Barr reveals the incredible tactical journey towards England's silver medal in the European Championships.

TEAM England set off to Sunnfjord, Norway for the 13th Fips Mouche European Championships in high hopes. The team had practiced on a wild brown trout venue in the North of England and i fished regularly on Eyebrook Reservoir, where the fishing is predominantly on the surface, closely mimicking Norway.

The competition venues consisted of three lake sessions, two of which would be from a drifting boat and one from the shore. The two remaining sessions would be on rivers, fed from the famous Norwegian glaciers. We were solely fishing for wild brown trout as there are no grayling that far south in Norway.