Author: Roman Heimlich

A friendly visitFrom August 27th to September 2nd, the 31st World Fly Fishing Championship was held in the Bolzano area of northern Italy with 22 countries participating. This championship was held as part of the World Fishing Games, with Italy hosting anglers competing in all possible fishing disciplines in various places. The Czech fishing team, consisting of Antonín Pešek, Tomáš Adam, Pavel Chyba, Luboš Roza, captain Tomáš Starýchfojtů, manager Martin Musil, and me, all set off for the practice several days ahead of time, on Friday August 19th. Our camp was located in the little town of Gais in a B&B on the banks of the Aurino River. Our guide was Sandro Soldarini, an outstanding long-time fly fishing representative for Italy.

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Author: Jaromír Šram

There's always a first timeI hope you all know that the 17th European Championship in fly fishing was held in Rožmberk nad Vltavou in June of this year. In the previous years, every nation could sign up two teams for the European Championship. This year was no different except with the small change that the second team had to be ladies. The Czech Republic was the only one to take advantage of this option, thus allowing the participation of our five women in such a big competition. In the relatively long history of international fly fishing competitions, this was the first time that a Czech ladies team competed.

european-championship-2011-or-the-czechs-at-home-cannot-be-beatFrom 31 May to 5 June 2011, the 17th European Championship in fly fishing was held in the area around Rožmberk nad Vltavou, attended by 17 teams, two of them Czech (men, ladies). The actual championship was preceded by the preparation of the championship teams that started to arrive from 21 May. According to the presumptions on paper, it was clear beforehand that this would be a duel for the gold medal between the home Czech team and France, leaving the others to battle for the bronze, especially in situations in which difficult venues were chosen for the competition, but with plenty of fish. According to tradition, both the Czechs and the French sent their B-teams to the European Championship. This was all supposed to play into the hands of the home favourites, who were supervised by a group of five international judges from Poland and Holland.

Author: Karel Křivanec

In the evening of Friday, April 1, 2011, the General Assembly of the International Fly Fisher Federation FIPS-Mou took place in Rome within the regular CIPS congress. We considered also our participation in Rome during the spring board meeting of the Fly Fishing Federation in Prague, but as the agenda of the General Assembly did not contain any essential items, we decided to render the participation at the GA to the CFU delegates to the CIPS congress for economical reasons.

Author: Roman Heimlich
Openig ceremonyFrom 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

David Chlumský in Bela RiverWhen 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.