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.

Individual Results after Session 5 (PDF, 60 kB)

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:

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:

Bob Church, Trout Fisherman, November, 2012.     

TonyPawson tTony Pawson was a much-loved sportsman. He had played football and cricket at the highest level, but it is for his contribution to flyfishing for traut he was best known. In 1984 I qualified for England to fish in Spain along with Tony, he was elected captain. Tony was the perfect gentleman but also had a very competitive streak. It was clear to me England had the right captain in Tony. We were to fish the River Tormes in Salamanca. Going to Spain a week before the competition day gave us time to practise, the river was running high fram flood. Instead of the usual dryfly method, Tony and the team opted to use slow sink lines and traditional English fly patterns such as the Black & Peacock Spider. Casting to the centre of the river and allowing the current to swing the flies into your downstream bank and slow figure-of-eight retrieve. We stuck to Tony's decision and it worked. Tony won the whole event. Tony was the new World Flyfishing individual champion and we as his team were a close runner up as second. So it was gold for Tony and silver forthe team. Tony was presented with the largest cup trophy I had ever seen. It even had its own seat on the plane coming home.

By Karel Křivanec

      As there are only few days left in the year 2012, I would like to try to summarize this year. From my point of view, it seems to me that this can be called as the Czech year as I have already called this article. All started at the FIPS-Mouche General Assembly, which was held on 30 March in the Spanish enclave Melilla (12.3 square kilometres), located on the coast of Mediterranean Sea and surrounded by the Moroccan territory. Although FIPS-Mou has got 32 member countries, in Melilla there were only 7 (plus three proxies) present. From four members of Presidential Board, only the President Paul Vekemans was present and he was chairing this strange meeting.