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hard-goingBronze medallist John Horsey faced flooding and coloured rivers at last month’s World Championship. He tells us how he fared…

WHEN we hear that the 30th FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Champs will be held on the mighty River San in Poland, we can’t wait to tackle this world famous river.

In reality, due to some of the worst storms and floods in Poland's history, the event becomes more of a battle against the elements rather than the fish themselves.

Hardy Greys Team England are Manager Ian Greenwood, Howard Croston, John Tyzack, Simon Robinson, Davie Parker and myself.

A total of 28 teams compete, making it the biggest World Championship ever.

20100630001_01At the southeasternmost tail of the Poland on the San river and distribution reservoir Myczkowce under the Solina lake already 30th World Flyfishing Championship took place this year. Czech team compounded of three very experienced competitors and two very young novices that it was first Championship for. Neither one of these novices went into the competition with zero international experience. The both have got over a lot of hard competitions not only at domestic waters. Roman Jörka (21 years) has started few times at Youth World Championship and he have represented at European Championship of Adults for two times. Pavel Chyba (25) was unfortunately off his luck that when he was ranked among the best juniors at Czech Republic, any World Championships of Juniors were not being held. But he also have represented at European Championship two times, where even he has obtained title of the European Champion last year at Ireland. It is not necessary to supply any information about above mentioned experienced standbys as the most of you probably knows what successes and medals they have reached at World and European Championships: Martin Drož and Antonín Pešek and Tomáš Adam. Captain of the Czech team also this year has been well known international Tomáš Starýchfojtů and the team manager has been Martin Musil.

Tomas AdamThe first trainings of my altogether fourth world championship were really hard for all, and we practically had nothing to follow, as the river was too high. In the first days we went practice only under the equalizing reservoir Myczkowce, where there were many other teams, or on the tributaries such as Solinka, Hoczewka and Oslawa, which was not really good and especially it was clear, based on news from Polish people that official trainings and competitions will be with low water. The practice in the lower San, upstream from the tributary of a little river Oslawa, where I did not catch any fish on the first practice day, but the guys did was really important for me, and thus I decided to repeat it the next day. Then, I caught there 3 big graylings and one them had fallen off that was great as almost nobody around caught anything.

Pavel ChybaAfter last year’s difficult nomination competition, I became a member of the Czech A- Team for the first time in my career. This time the World Championship took place in Poland. However, I was not the only newbie. There was also my colleague from our team in Jaroměř - Roman Jörka. The rest of our team were experienced experts such as Martin Drož, Antonin Pešek and Tomáš Adam. The team manager was Martin Musil and the team captain was Tomáš Starýchfojtů.

Before the championship we had a planned training in Poland, however, due to floods we had to cancel it. Even our departure to Poland was complicated by floods, however, even bigger ones. Despite all these problems we started our journey to Poland, and we looked forward to specific fishing experience. The competition water, the San river, was too high to fish in it, thus we had to fish in adjacent smaller rivers and the lake.

I created my first table of medals for countries and individuals based on medals from the World Championship before the “Czech Championship“ in Český Krumlov in 1996. Since this time I have extended these tables by tables of medals from European Championships and Youth Championships. For longer time I was thinking of making such an absolute chart of individuals based on positions in World Championships, but I never managed it due to two reasons. Of course, this was a lack of time and results from the beginning of competitions, which I am missing. The second problem, which disattracted me, was the question how to do it, because there were some who took part only once, but there are such experts who took part more than ten times.

Author: Jiri Pejchar

 Lough Caragh Ireland, or more specifically, the counties of Cork and Kerry in the south of the country, was selected as the organizer of European Championship 2009. The centre for all the events was picturesque Killarney surrounded by wonderful mountains. The main game fish would be wild trout from two large lakes each divided into two sectors and from the Blackwater River.

The following competitors were nominated for the Championship to represent the Czech Republic: Pavel Chyba, Roman Jörka, Vladimír Sedivý, Filip Apjar and Igor Slavík; the non-fishing captain was the state coach Tomas Starychfojtu and I was the team manager. Following our preparations, we departed on Monday 14 September. For such an important competition, it was better to arrive earlier for the practice camp although this year’s Czech competition calendar did not allow this. There were league competitions held the weekend before departure so our team was in a hurry.

Source: CZN

Author: Karel Krivanec

When we started to prepare the Youth World Fly Fishing Championship 2009 in Chotebor, we were afraid if there is enough water in rivers. Therefore two venues were selected on the river Chrudimka - downstream of reservoirs, another one on the Svratka River - downstream of the water reservoir Vyr and a bouldered part of the S zava in Stvoridla. The choice of the last fifth venue was not easy at all, because we wanted to organize it on waters of the organizing Fishing club in Chotebor.

Author: Martin Musil

 This year’s organizer of the World Fly Fishing Championship was Scotland and the organizers have chosen the area of Central Scottish Highlands in the South East part of the Trossachs National Park in the area of the local largest lake - Loch Lomond. The Czech team was a bit different after last year’s world championship in New Zealand, especially, with respect to the end of the competition career of Pavel Machan and Tomas Starychfojtu and also after 15 years Jiri Klima finished on the position of the captain of our national team. He was substituted by Tomas Starýchfojtů. Our team had the following members then: Martin Droz, Antonin Pesek, Tomas Adam, Jaromír Sram, new team member Lubos Roza and I was the team manager.

Author: Karel Křivanec

Within the jubilee 30th Congress of the International Anglers Organization CIPS, which took place from 16th – 19th April in Dresden, Germany, also the General Assembly of member states of the International Fly Fishing Federation FIPS-Mou was organized. This meeting, which was organized on Friday 17th April from 10 – 13 o’clock and I took part in it together with Martin Musil, who is now the new Chairman of the sport fly fishing department. With respect to the fact that during last Christmas Mr. James Fergusson resigned from the position of the of FIPS-Mou President due to health problems, this Dresden’s meeting was managed by the deputy President Paul Vekemans from Belgium.

Author: Jiří Pejchar

 Mondego - when the water flows On Monday, 28th July 2008, the Czech junior national team met in the airport Prague-Ruzyně to go in the direction of Portugal, where the VII Youth World Championship took place. This year, our team was completely changed and rejuvenated. Filip Lukáš, Jindra Kalivoda and Míra Bonešický were appointed to the team according to the ranking from 2007 and the remaining two positions were secured by Štěpánka Marková and Jakub Krpec during the spring West Bohemia Junior Cup. Milan Janus was the team captain and I was appointed to the position of the team manager. After the arrival in Lisbon, we picked up our Volkswagen Transporter and set out for two hundred kilometre distant town of Tábua, where our training centre was located. We had accommodation in the same hotel as our Gold senior national team in 2006.